The Queens of cricket are all set to dominate the game. Get ready for an electrifying display of cricket prowess as the eighth edition of the Women’s T20 World Cup swings into action in South Africa! From February 10th to 26th, 2023, the best women’s T20 cricket teams from around the globe will converge to showcase their skills and compete for the coveted trophy.
The 2023 Women’s World T20 Cup tournament features 10 teams, including the host nation, the top 7 ranked teams from the 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup and 2 additional teams selected from the 2022 Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier. The reigning champions, Australia, with an impressive 5 victories under their belt, will be looking to defend their title. Get ready for a tournament filled with fierce competition, unforgettable moments and a showcase of the world’s finest female cricketers!
With all the teams all set for the action, let’s take a look at all the squads for the Women’s World T20 Cup:
S. Pandey is back and better than ever, with her long-awaited return to the Indian national cricket team after being absent since 2021.
The dynamic all-rounder, P. Vastrakar, has also made a triumphant return to the squad following her injury absence in the five-match series against Australia in December. Meanwhile, S. Verma and Richa Ghosh are confident, as they just helped India’s Under-19 team claim victory at the World Cup held in South Africa.
India squad: H. Kaur (c), S. Mandhana (vc), Y. Bhatia, H. Deol, R. Ghosh, R. Gayakwad, S. Pandey, J. Rodrigues, A. Sarvani, D. Sharma, R. Thakur, D. Vaidya, P. Vastrakar, S. Verma, R. Yadav
Reserves: S. Meghana, S. Rana, M. Singh
Australia has surprised everyone with its squad selection for their title defence, which includes the leg-spinner G. Wareham, despite not having played a T20 match since her ACL injury in October 2021.
M. Lanning, the team’s captain, is ready to lead Australia’s charge towards a historic three-peat win at the T20 World Cup after taking a five-month break from the game. The vice-captain, A. Healy, is also back in action after recovering from the calf strain that cut her T20 tour of India short in December.
Australia squad: M. Lanning (c), A. Healy (vc), D. Brown, A. Gardner, K. Garth, H. Graham, G. Harris, J. Jonassen, A. King, T. McGrath, B. Mooney, E. Perry, M. Schutt, A. Sutherland, G. Wareham
N. Joty will captain Bangladesh as they look to break their winless streak in the World T20 Cup matches, stretching back to 2014. Three talented members of Bangladesh’s Under-19 World Cup team, S. Akter, M. Akter and D. Biswas, who caused a stir by defeating Australia in the tournament’s opening match, have been included in the senior squad and will remain in South Africa.
Bangladesh squad: N. Joty (c) M. Akter, F. Pinky, F. Khatun, S. Akter, S. Khatun, J. Alam, S. Sultana, M. Khatun, N. Akter, R. Ahmed, L. Mondol, R. Moni, D. Biswas, S. Mostary
Reserves: Rabeya, S.A. Maghla, S.A. Supta
S. Devine will lead a talented and youthful squad as the White Ferns aim to make the semi-finals for the first time since 2016. The powerhouse all-rounder, B. Halliday, has successfully overcome her hand injury and is ready to compete. B. Bezuidenhout, the South African-born wicketkeeper, has earned her recall ahead of J. McFadyen and I. Gaze.
Bezuidenhout is making her comeback after a two-year absence due to health issues. Additionally, two standout members of New Zealand’s Under-19 World Cup team, G. Plimmer and F. Jonas have been named to the senior squad.
New Zealand squad: S. Devine (c), S. Bates, B. Bezuidenhout, E. Carson, L. Down, M. Green, B. Halliday, H. Jensen, F. Jonas, A. Kerr, J. Kerr, M. Penfold, G. Plimmer, H. Rowe, L. Tahuhu
The Proteas captain was left out controversially after failing to reach the 9.30-minute standard in the 2km time trial by just 18 seconds. S. Luus will remain as the team’s captain in her absence. M. Kapp, the star all-rounder is expected to participate, despite being granted compassionate leave following the recent tri-series against India and the West Indies, to return home and support her partner.
However, the team will miss M. du Preez and L. Lee, who have retired from international cricket in the past seven months.
South Africa squad: S. Luus (c), A. Dercksen, M. Kapp, L. Goodall, A. Khaka, C. Tryon, N. de Klerk, S. Ismail, T. Brits, M. Klaas, L. Wolvaardt, S. Jafta, N. Mlaba, A. Bosch, D. Tucker
Sri Lanka will be led by C. Athapaththu in their pursuit of a stronger showing at the World T20 Cup, compared to their one-group stage victory in the 2020 edition. The top order will be strengthened by H. Samarawickrama, who made an impact with her match-winning 81-run knock during the Asia T20 Cup last year.
The side will look to the spin duo of I. Ranaweera and S. Kumari to provide the breakthroughs with the ball, however, they will miss the presence of H. Perera, who has been ruled out due to a finger injury. The senior squad also features V. Gunaratne, the captain of Sri Lanka’s Under-19 World Cup team who was instrumental in their run-scoring at the recent tournament.
Sri Lanka squad: C. Athapaththu (c), O. Ranasinghe, H. Samarawickrama, N. de Silva, K. Dilhari, A. Sanjeewani, K. Nuthyangana, M. Shehani, I. Ranaweera, S. Kumari, A. Kulasuriya, V. Gunaratne, T. Sewwandi, A. Kanchana, S. Sandeepani
Young prodigy A. Capsey is due to make her comeback for England despite sustaining a broken collarbone in December. She’s included in England’s squad alongside K. Cross, who was absent from their recent tour of the West Indies.
Unfortunately, teenage fast bowler, F. Kemp will miss the competition due to a back injury, with I. Wong and D. Gibson are listed as travelling substitutes.
England squad: H. Knight (c), N. Sciver-Brunt (vc), L. Bell, M. Bouchier, A. Capsey, K. Cross, F. Davies, C. Dean, S. Dunkley, S. Ecclestone, S. Glenn, A. Jones, K. Sciver-Brunt, L. Winfield-Hill, D. Wyatt.
Travelling Reserves: I. Wong, D. Gibson
Ireland have experienced a setback as R. Stokell has been deemed ineligible to participate in the World T20 Cup due to a foot injury. The player suffered a ligament issue and was forced to withdraw from the competition after a medical evaluation. As a result, Rachel Delaney has been sent to South Africa as a replacement.
Ireland squad: L. Delany (c), R. Delaney, G. Dempsey, A. Hunter, S. Kavanagh, A. Kelly, G. Lewis, L. Little, S. MacMahon, J. Maguire, C. Murray, L. Paul, O. Prendergast, E> Richardson, M. Waldron
Pakistan’s national cricket team has been dealt a significant setback as star fast bowler D. Baig will be unable to participate in the upcoming tournament due to a finger injury sustained during a recent match against Australia.
Baig incurred damage to her right index finger while attempting to catch a ball she had bowled. In light of Baig’s absence, the Pakistani squad has welcomed right-handed batter S. Shamas as her replacement.
Pakistan squad: B. Maroof (c), A. Anwar, A. Riaz, A. Naseem, S. Shamas, F. Sana, J. Khan, M. Ali, N. Sandhu, N. Dar, O. Sohail, S. Iqbal, S. Amin, S. Nawaz, T. Hassan
Travelling Reserves: G. Fatima, K. Imtiaz
West Indies’ cricket team has included S. Taylor in their roster, pending a final evaluation of her fitness. The veteran all-rounder and former captain, who guided the West Indies to championship glory in 2016, has been grappling with a back ailment and has not represented the team since September 2021 in an ODI against New Zealand.
Her most recent T20I participation was in July 2021. Additionally, three other prominent players who have been recuperating from injuries, S. Selman, C. Henry and C. Nation, have also been included in the roster.
West Indies squad: H. Matthews (c), S. Campbelle, A. Alleyne, S. Connell, A. Fletcher, S. Gajnabi, C. Henry, T. Holder, Z. James, D. Joseph, C. Nation, K. Ramharack, S. Selman, S. Taylor, R. Williams
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