Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier: Everything you need to know

The last two spots at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup are up for grabs as eight teams compete in the Qualifier – find out who the key players are and how you can watch the action for free by reading on.

Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier: Everything you need to know
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At the Women’s T20 World Cup being held in South Africa from 26-29 March, eight emerging nations will face off for the two remaining places and will hope for the chance to join their hosts, South Africa, and the world’s leading teams, such as Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the West Indies.

The nine nations of Bangladesh, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Zimbabwe will meet in a series of Twenty20 Internationals in Abu Dhabi starting on 18 September to determine which of the two teams will travel to South Africa next year in an effort to qualify for the World Cup.

MRF Tyres Women’s T20I Ranking of 9 places Bangladesh just outside the group of teams that have already qualified for the tournament, whereas the United States enter the qualifier as one of the dark horses, with a Ranking of 28.

Process of qualifying for Women’s T20 World Cup

Taking place over two venues in Abu Dhabi, the Women’s T20 World Cup qualifiers will be played in the Zayed Cricket Stadium and Tolerance Oval.

On the 18th, 19th, and 21st of September, there will be group games, followed by the crucial playoffs and a final on the 25th of September.

In February and March of 2023, the top two teams will be selected to take part in the main event, which will take place in South Africa.

The eight teams have been divided into two groups of four, with the top two teams in each group moving on to a playoff that determines the final qualifiers for the Women’s T20 World Cup, which will take place next year.

There will be a high-stakes playoff in each group between the top team in the group and the second-place team in the opposite group, with the winner of each high-stakes playoff claiming a ticket to South Africa next year.

Afterward, the two qualifiers will have the opportunity to play in a final to determine which group they will be placed in at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023.

ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Schedule…

How to watch the Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier

On ICC.tv, the Qualifier matches will be broadcast live and FREE in most regions, with highlights available on-demand shortly after each match is completed.

Signing up to ICC.tv is completely free of charge.

In all regions (other than Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan), you will be able to watch the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier live and free on ICC.tv at the following times:

* ICC.tv website

Apps for ICC.tv are available on both the App Store and Google Play store for free.

* Apps for Samsung TV and LG TV are available on the Samsung TV website

All the action from all the T20I matches will be available on FanCode for fans in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan.

Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier groups

Group AGroup B
BangladeshPapua New Guinea
United StatesZimbabwe

Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier Group A Teams

Bangladesh Squad for Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier

  • Nigar Sultana (c)
  • Sharmin Akter
  • Shamima Sultana
  • Shohaly Ahther
  • Rumana Ahmed
  • Ritu Moni
  • Lata Mondal
  • Salma Khatun
  • Sobhana Mostary
  • Nahida Akter
  • Murshida Khatun
  • Mst Fariha Islam Trisna
  • Fahima Khatun
  • Sanjida Akter
  • Marufa Akter

Bangladesh Women’s T20I Team Ranking: 9

Bangladesh Key Player

As for Salma Khatun, the experienced all-rounder caused a lot of problems for the opposition batters at the Women’s World Cup earlier this year, taking a team-best 10 wickets in the tournament, and more of the same is likely to occur in Dubai.

Summary: With recent experience from the ICC Women’s World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year, Bangladesh will enter the qualifier as one of the key teams to beat, given that they are the highest ranked team at the event and have recent experience at recent tournaments. During the 50-over World Cup in March, Nigar Sultana’s team managed to pull off a shock victory over Pakistan and will be hoping to turn some of that into positive results during the group stage of the World Cup qualifier. Fargana Hoque Pinky dropped out of the tournament due to a concussion, whereas Jahanara Alam was ruled out because of an injury. Mst Fariha Islam Trisna and Shohaly Ahther, respectively, were placed in their place in the squad in place of them.

Ireland Squad for Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier

  • Laura Delany (c)
  • Rachel Delaney
  • Georgina Dempsey
  • Amy Hunter
  • Shauna Kavanagh
  • Arlene Kelly
  • Gaby Lewis
  • Sophie MacMahon
  • Jane Maguire
  • Cara Murray
  • Leah Paul
  • Orla Prendergast
  • Eimear Richardson
  • Rebecca Stokell
  • Mary Waldron

Ireland Women’s T20I Team Ranking: 11

Ireland Key Player

The Ireland batter, Gaby Lewis, is regarded as one of the best young players in the world of women’s cricket and she is more than capable of playing a match-winning innings at the top of the batting order against any team. At the age of 13, Lewis made her international debut and became the first woman to hit a century in a women’s T20I match for the Republic of Ireland.

Summary: Over the last few months, Ireland has had the luxury of playing some of the toughest teams in women’s cricket, with Laura Delany’s team having hosted South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan for home T20Is in the past couple of months. Ireland hasn’t always had the best results, but they haven’t been too far behind their rivals and are more than capable of qualifying for the next event despite some results not going their way.

Scotland Squad for Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier

  • Kathryn Bryce (c)
  • Sarah Bryce
  • Abtaha Maqsood
  • Abbi Aitken-Drummond
  • Ailsa Lister
  • Katherine Fraser
  • Kathleen McGill
  • Priyanaz Chatterji
  • Lorna Jack
  • Megan McColl
  • Ellen Watson
  • Hannah Rainey
  • Olivia Bell
  • Saskia Horley
  • Rachel Slater

Scotland Women’s T20I Team Ranking: 13

Scotland Key Player:

Kathryn Bryce broke onto the scene in 2018 when she made her debut in a Twenty20 International for the first time and quickly earned the recognition of being the ICC’s Associate Women’s Player of the Decade for the period between 2011 and 2016. With the bat, the all-rounder averages a 42.43 batting average while averaging just under a run per ball with just 26 T20Is completed, but when he has that white ball in hand, he is even more destructive. With 25 wickets to his name at an average of just 13.56, the 24-year-old has become an integral part of Scotland’s qualification hopes.

Summary: After looking out of sorts in two of their recent warm-up matches against Ireland, specifically in the first T20I, which they lost by 8 wickets, Scotland must find their form fast in order to qualify for the World Cup. As for their best form, they are one of the teams to beat and have shown they can turn it up when it counts when they won the Europe Qualifier ahead of Ireland to reach this stage of the competition back in August 2021, when they showed they could turn it on when it matters.

United States Squad for Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier

  • Sindhu Sriharsha (c)
  • Geetika Kodali
  • Anika Kolan
  • Bhumika Bhadriraju
  • Disha Dhingra
  • Gargi Bhogle
  • lsani Vaghela
  • Lisa Ramjit
  • Moksha Chaudhary
  • Preeti lyenger
  • Ritu Singh
  • Snigdha Paul
  • Suhani Thadani
  • Taranum Chopra
  • Yashaditi Teki

Reserves: Mahika Kandanala, Sai Tanmayi Eyyunni, Uzma lfthikar

United States Women’s T20I Team Ranking: 28

United States Key Player

Sindhu Sriharsha – The 34-year-old veteran skipper only recently scored her maiden 50 in T20I cricket when she knocked 50 runs unbeaten against Thailand, and the USA will be hoping that the 34-year-old will be able to continue with this form into the qualifier event.

Summary: There is still a problem with consistency in the USA’s games, but there has been no doubt as to their ability to cause the odd upset over the years and they should not be underestimated. It is with great anticipation that we will keep an eye on the talented young American players such as Isani Vaghela, a 16-year-old all-rounder, as this young American side is sure to improve as they gain more experience.

Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier Group B teams

Papua New Guinea Squad for Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier

  • Kaia Arua (c)
  • Melanie Ani
  • Vicky Araa
  • Hollan Doriga
  • Kevau Frank
  • Veru Frank
  • Sibona Jimmy
  • Ravina Oa
  • Tanya Ruma
  • Pauke Siaka
  • Brenda Tau
  • Henao Thomas
  • Mairi Tom
  • Isabel Toua
  • Naoani Vare

Papua New Guinea Women’s T20I Team Ranking: 15

Papua New Guinea Key Player

Sibona Jimmy – The all-rounder had an excellent stint for PNG during the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in 2019, and much will be expected of the left-hander with the bat when proceedings begin at the Abu Dhabi Cricket & Sports Hub on Thursday. Jimmy is just as good with the ball as she is with the bat, and her slow off-spinners are likely to be used during the middle overs in an attempt to slow down the opposition batsmen.

Summary: The ever-improving Papua New Guinea side surprised a few at the qualifier tournament for the T20 World Cup in 2019 and may do similar here if opposition teams continue to underestimate them. They have some talented all-rounders in their ranks like Pauke Siaka and Jimmy, while skipper Kaia Arua is among a group of good spinners that are sure to be used at various times at the tournament.

Thailand Squad for Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier

  • Naruemol Chaiwai (c)
  • Nannapat Khoncharoenkai
  • Nattaya Boochatham
  • Chanida Sutthiruang
  • Natthakan Chantham
  • Sornnarin Tippoch
  • Onnicha Kamchomphu
  • Suleeporn Laomi
  • Rosenanee Kanoh
  • Thipatcha Putthawong
  • Phannita Maya
  • Suwanan Khiaoto
  • Aphisara Suwanchonrathi
  • Sunida Chaturongrattana
  • Nanthita Boonsukham

Thailand Women’s T20I Team Ranking: 10

Thailand Key Player

Sornnarin Tippoch – The 36-year-old is a capable top-order batter and an even more accomplished bowler with her wily off-spin often causing opposition teams plenty of problems.

Summary: History suggests Thailand are the team to beat in Group B, with the Asian nation impressing when they reached the T20 World Cup two years ago in Australia. Whether they can replicate that form here remains to be seen, but recent results also suggest they will be very competitive. Skipper Naruemol Chaiwai is likely to have plenty of spin options at her disposal, while the batting will rely heavily on Nannapat Koncharoenkai, Natthakan Chantham and Tippoch.

UAE Squad for Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier

  • Chaya Mughal (c)
  • Natasha Cherriath
  • Samaira Dharnidharka
  • Kavisha Egodage
  • Siya Gokhale
  • Priyanjali Jain
  • Lavanya Keny
  • Suraksha Kotte
  • Vaishnave Mahesh
  • Indhuja Nandakumar
  • Esha Oza
  • Rinitha Rajith
  • Rithika Rajith
  • Theertha Satish
  • Khushi Sharma

UAE Women’s T20I Team Ranking: 14

UAE Key Player

Theertha Satish – It is far from ideal to place hopes of qualification on an 18-year-old but this rising star already looks suited to the big stage and may well light up the T20 World Cup if UAE books a ticket to South Africa. Satish is averaging 42.21 with four half-centuries and a strike rate of 116.11 from her first 23 T20Is, as bowlers often struggle to lockdown let alone dismiss the opener.

Summary: UAE missed an opportunity to build form when dropping all three of their warm-up T20Is. This included a 25-run loss to the lower-ranked USA, and most worryingly defeats at the hands of two teams in their Qualifier group in Thailand and Zimbabwe. But before their recent slump, UAE triumphed in all 13 of their completed T20Is this year so will hope they can turn it on again when the tournament starts.

Zimbabwe Squad for Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier

  • Mary-Anne Musonda (c)
  • Modester Mupachikwa
  • Kelis Ndhlovu
  • Sharne Mayers
  • Josephine Nkomo
  • Precious Marange
  • Christabel Chatonzwa
  • Loreen Tshuma
  • Loryn Phiri
  • Nomvelo Sibanda
  • Esther Mbofana
  • Pellagia Mujaji
  • Audrey Mazvishaya
  • Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano
  • Francisca Chipare

Zimbabwe Women’s T20I Team Ranking: 12

Zimbabwe Key Player

Esther Mbofana – The 29-year-old made a huge impression when she picked up the superb figures of 6/11 on her T20I debut and the Zimbabwe pacer may inflict more pain on opposition batters during this tournament. Expect Zimbabwe to use Mbofana with the new ball and don’t be surprised to see the right-arm pick up a couple of early wickets each innings.

Summary: Zimbabwe has been in some good form in recent times and they can be considered as one of the favorites to progress from Group B at the tournament. They have some decent depth in their batting ranks and some decent options with the ball that includes pace duo Josephine Nkomo and Mbofana and the guile of spinner Precious Marange.

Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier Fixtures
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Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier Fixtures

  • Thailand vs UAE: 18 September
  • Zimbabwe vs Papua New Guinea: 18 September
  • Bangladesh vs Ireland: 18 September
  • Scotland vs USA: 18 September
  • Thailand vs Zimbabwe: 19 September
  • Papua New Guinea vs UAE: 19 September
  • Bangladesh vs Scotland: 19 September
  • Ireland vs USA: 19 September
  • Bangladesh vs USA: 21 September
  • Scotland vs Ireland: 21 September
  • Thailand vs Papua New Guinea: 21 September
  • Zimbabwe vs UAE: 21 September
  • B1 vs A2: 23 September
  • A3 vs B4: 23 September
  • A1 vs B2: 23 September
  • B3 vs A4: 23 September
  • 3/4 Playoff: 25 September
  • 7/8 Playoff: 25 September
  • 5/6 Playoff: 25 September
  • Final: 25 September

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