USA cricket announced training camps for their National women’s team as well as their Under 19 women’s team. This announcement comes keeping an eye on the ICC Women’s World cup Qualifier in July followed by the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier in September.
For the Women’s National Training group, the national selectors have named an expanded squad of 28 players which will serve as a starting point for team USA Women’s program and the first international fixtures after the pandemic induced hiatus.
Speaking to USA Cricket, USA Women’s National Team Head coach Julia Price said, “I’m really excited that Team USA has the opportunity to return to cricket in 2021. It is a huge year for the USA in the Women’s game, particularly with some of the exciting new talents that we have coming through. In order for the USA to be competitive in world cricket, we need to keep challenging and pushing our current players to be committed, elite athletes. We also need to continue to grow and expose more American cricketers to the great game of cricket through our domestic programs. The 50 overs World Cup Qualifier in July will be a brilliant experience and provide us with great exposure on the global stage, it will also hold us in good stead for the critical T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier in September.”
In a historic first, USA Cricket is also naming a training group at the Under 19 level with a squad of 24 players. This decision comes on the back of the inaugural ICC Women’s U19 T20 World Cup which is bound to become a permanent fixture in the calendar.
USA Women’s Youth Coach, Asif Mujtaba, spoke to USA cricket on the same, “I am eagerly awaiting the return of cricket in 2021 and it is a fantastic news that now we have officially named the first ever Women’s national Under 19 Training Group for USA. We certainly have some great young talent across the country and I am looking forward to working with everyone. To be able to bring our best young cricketers into the same regionalized training hubs as the national training group is certain to be beneficial and will help us to develop the next generation of women’s cricketers for team USA.”
The players will train under the overall supervision of the National team coaches. USA Cricket will also be announcing a domestic structure to support players in the training groups, thereby creating a wider pool of players. The competition is likely to be structured into four ‘Areas’ based upon some research carried out into the distribution of female players across the country.
USA SQUAD for Women’s National Training Group
Akshatha Rao, Anika Kolan, Candacy Atkins, Chetnaa Prasad, Claudine Beckford, Erica Rendler, Gargi Bhogle, Geetika Kodali, Holly Charles, Isani Vaghela, Laasya Mullapudi, Lisa Ramjit, Mahika Kandanala, Moksha Chaudhary, Nadia Gruny, Nikhila Ravi, Onika Wallerson, Samantha Ramautar, Sara Farooq, Shebani Bhaskar, Shinead Emerson, Sindhu Sriharsha, Sindhuja Reddy, Sugetha Chandrasekar, Triveni Suryakant Rane, Uzma Iftikhar, Yashaaditi Teki, Zeenat Kauser.
USA SQUAD for Women’s Under 19 National Training Group
Aafia Khazi, Alicia Fernando, Anika Kolan, Anika Kumar, Aparna Gurumurthy, Bhumika Bhadriraju, Chetnaa Prasad, Disha Dhingra, Harika Amenini, Isani Vaghela, Isiri Prasad, Jivana Aras, Kasturi Vedantham, Krisha Aggarwal, Laasya Mullapudi, Lisa Ramjit, Mitali Patwardhan, Nishka Kumar, Pooja Shah, Ritu Singh, Sai Tanmayi Eyyunni, Snigdha Paul, Suhani Thadani, Trisha Bhima.
Source – USA Cricket
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