The International Cricket Council (ICC) has awarded the hosting rights of the U-19 Women’s East Asia-Pacific Qualifiers to the Indonesian Cricket Association. The EAP Qualifiers will be held in July 2022. U-19 teams from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) will compete against each other in the matches to be played from 3rd July to 5th July in Bali. They will be competing for the only spot for the inaugural edition of ICC Women’s U-19 T20 World Cup to be hosted by South Africa in 2023.
The PNG U-19 team is traveling to Darwin in Australia for a preparatory camp for a week before traveling to Bali on June 28 where they will play the local clubs in three matches before the qualifiers.
Papua New Guinea Women’s Cricket squad
Anngrace Vala, Dika Lohia, Mahuta Jayphert, Cathy Ute, Imelda Vaburi, Hane Lohia Tau, Margaret Diva Wari, Shanel Ambo, Oala Boio Kavere, Erani Pokana, Melanie Ani, Branda Elly, Baruka Vicky and Helai Vakona
The ICC U19 Women’s World Cup next year in 2023 will be a 16-team one, with 11 full member nations and five others. Four of which will be determined by the regional qualifiers and the remaining one has been awarded to the USA considering they are the only eligible nation to compete as per ICC’s Event Pathway Participation Criteria in the Americas region. The 11 full member nations are India, Australia, Bangladesh, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and Zimbabwe.
The U-19 Women’s T20 World Cup will prove to be a game-changer for all the budding cricketers as it will open up new arenas, and more opportunities and will provide a great experience to sharper their cricketing skills and gear up for the future.
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