With the next major, International Cricket Council (ICC) event, the first-ever, Women’s Under-19 World Cup just around the corner, teams have stepped up their efforts in wanting to leave a strong impression during the mega ICC event that’ll be played early next year in South Africa from the 14th to the 29th of January.
The United States of America (USA) Under-19 women’s team in their lead-up to the South Africa World Cup are scheduled to tour the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a 5-match Under-19 Twenty20 (T20) bilateral series that will take place at the Ocean Fair Cricket Ground and the ICC Academy in Dubai, next week.
The USA Women’s U19 National Selection Panel named a 15+2 squad which sees Geetika Kodali in line to captain the bunch of 15 players that will travel to the UAE this weekend. If required, joining the squad of 15 will be the 2 reserves who aren’t traveling just yet due to schooling.
USA U19 Women’s squad for the series against the UAE :
Geetika Kodali (C), Anika Kolan (WK/VC), Aditi Chudasama, Bhumika Bhadriraju, Disha Dhingra, Isani Vaghela, Jivana Aras, Lassya Mullapudi, Pooja Ganesh (WK), Pooja Shah, Ritu Singh, Sai Tanmayi Eyyunni, Snigdha Paul, Suhani Thadani, Tya Gonsalves
Non-travelling reserves: Lisa Ramjit, Taranum Chopra
USA Women’s Head Coach, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, said, “Building on the tour of Trinidad for the Rising Stars T20 Championship, the home series vs West Indies in Florida in August, the Sistar Mortgage Regional and Nationals, and then the 5-day preparatory camp in Houston last month, we are seeing significant progress within the group. This tour will give the shortlisted players an opportunity to showcase the skills they’ve been working on as we narrow in on player roles for the team. We are looking forward to having the final squad for South Africa in a great place for January.”
USA Cricket Board Member and Women and Girls Committee Chair, Nadia Gruny, said, “This UAE tour wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication of the girls themselves, the parents and the communities around them who are helping to support this preparatory tour. We will get brilliant training facilities and international game-time against a fine UAE Under 19s side also set to compete in the upcoming Under 19 World Cup. We look forward to the cricket community’s support for not only our team but for the historic Under 19 World Cup in January which will be a game changer for women’s cricket globally.”
USA vs UAE, U-19 series schedule :
Oceans Fair Cricket Ground
ICC Academy Ground
At the upcoming ICC Women’s U-19 T20 World Cup, the United States of America is placed in group A and accordingly is scheduled to play Sri Lanka in their opener on the 14th of January and then play Australia and Bangladesh respectively on the 16th and the 18th of January in their league stage fixtures.
ICC U-19 T20 World Cup insight :
The historic first, ICC U-19 Women’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place early next year in South Africa from the 14th to the 29th of January. The tournament is set to see a total of 16 teams compete of which 12 gained direct qualifications and the remaining 4, made it to the mega ICC event following a set of ICC Qualifier events.
The category of 12 with direct qualification sees Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa (hosts), Sri Lanka, West Indies, Zimbabwe, and the United States of America. While the remaining 4 nations who’ve joined the 12 are United Arab Emirates (UAE) from the 6-team Asia qualifier, Indonesia from a bilateral East Asia Pacific (EAP) qualifier, Scotland from a bilateral Europe qualifier and Rwanda from the 9-team contested, Africa qualifier.
The inaugural edition of the historic U19 Women’s T20 World Cup that’ll take place in Benoni and Potchefstroom in South Africa early next year now sees its scheduled revealed by the ICC which sees 41 matches on the schedule that’ll be played across 15 days.
The 16 teams constituting 11 full ICC members and 5 associate teams have been split into four groups. The top three teams from each group will advance to the Super Six League stage, where teams from Group A will play against Group D and Group B will compete against Group C.