“The dream has finally become a reality,” says Thailand Women’s captain Sornnarin Tippoch

The Thailand women’s cricket squad created headlines by advancing for the first time next year’s T20 World Cup after easily beating Papua New Guinea in the qualifier semi-finals.

Thailand Women's Cricket Team
Thailand beat PNG to confirm their spot in next year’s Women’s World T20, scheduled to be played in Australia © ICC

 

“We are excited and emotionally overwhelmed. The dream has finally become a reality.” Thailand captain Sornnarin Tippoch told ESPNcricinfo.

This was no fluky accomplishment, yet the consequence of many years of diligent work by the players and the unheralded mentors and patrons without whom this would never have occurred. It is all the more stunning as you consider this has all occurred in a nation where cricket was essentially an outsider word, either unfathomable or viewed as a game that Thais just didn’t play.

In the last qualifiers held in Scotland, the Thailand team beat Ireland, the Netherlands, and Namibia before vanquishing Papua New Guinea to secure their World Cup place. In spite of the fact that they were well-beaten by the solid Bangladesh side in the last, it didn’t generally make a difference. They had accomplished their point of going to Australia ahead of schedule one year from now.

Besides the skilled Sornnarin Tippoch, the power of Thailand was the consequence of some outstanding fielding coupled with Chanida Sutthiruang’s top-class swing bowling, and a match-winning leg spinner in Suleeporn Laomi, who twice received the qualifying competition Player of the Match prize.

The present coach of Thailand, India’s Harshal Pathak, stated to ESPNcricinfo that his team “are a talented bunch.” He said the fielding and bowling were already of a high standard when he took over the squad. However, the batting required some job and it’s still a continuing method.

The current T20 squad will think that its extreme in Australia obviously as they will be facing the best players on the planet. In any case, it should be a great encounter and they have the ability to possibly make the periodic surprise. Everybody associated with the Thailand women group ought to be complimented and we should not overlook the early pioneers who urged them to take up the game over two decades prior.