The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to kickstart on February 10th in South Africa and with the event fast approaching, fans and cricketers are all excited. With different nations announcing their squads, leaving for South Africa, and engaging in different preparatory camps; we will witness ten top-flight teams fight it off for the elusive trophy. The icing on the cake is that spectators can watch the matches for a subsidized 30 South African Rands and more than 30,00 tickets will be available for purchase across the different venues.
Speaking to the ICC, here’s what cricketers had to say in a press release!
Temba Bavuma, the skipper of the South African men’s team said, “The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in South Africa this year. It’s an incredible opportunity for all the players to be a part of history with South Africa hosting its first-ever Women’s T20 World Cup. Playing in a World Cup is the pinnacle for any cricketer and I can’t wait to watch the ladies turning it up on the biggest stage”.
Speaking more about the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, West Indies skipper Hayley Matthews said, “I believe all the players are looking forward to playing in South Africa, as a team, we the West Indies love playing there. Personally, I am excited to be playing a World Cup there, having played bilateral cricket before and I’m hoping that the crowds come out and support us. The pitches in South Africa have something for everyone, the spinners get something, the batters get something, and the fast bowlers all get something out of them”.
Amelia Kerr and Lara Goodall also added that they are excited about the World Cup and playing quality cricket against top nations in a World Cup is massive. They both echoed the sentiment of hoping fans turning up in massive numbers to support women’s cricket.
Adding finishing touches to the excitement was star India batter Jemimah Rodrigues who said, “It’s great to be in South Africa already preparing for the Women’s T20 World Cup. You can see and feel the excitement around the country for this event, which is the pinnacle of T20 cricket. We can’t wait for the tournament to get started come 10 February”.
“You can see and feel the excitement around the country for this event, which is the pinnacle of T20 cricket. We can’t wait for the tournament to get started come 10 February.”
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) January 22, 2023
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