Defending champions Australia will be hosting the 2020 edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, starting February 21. Top contenders who would look to challenge the Aussies are England, West Indies, India, and New Zealand.
The previous edition was held in West Indies, where Australia beat England in the finals of the tournament. After a successful venture in the ODI World Cup of 2018, the Indians reached the semis before their old foes England, knocked them out in the previous edition.
Thailand makes its way for the first time in the ICC tournament. Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, and Canberra are slated to host the multilateral event. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will host the finals on March 8.
Australia, India, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Bangladesh are pooled in Group A while South Africa, England, West Indies, Pakistan, and Thailand will feature in Group B. The top two teams from both groups qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament.
Australia and India start as favourites to reach the semi-finals from Group A while England and West Indies are predicted to reach the knock-out stage of the competition.
Also, this is the first time that no-ball technology for the front foot will be used for women’s cricket in a tournament.
Here are the squads of the ten teams which will participate in the 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup:
Meg Lanning (Captain), Rachael Haynes, Ashleigh Gardner, Delissa Kimmince, Ellyse Perry, Erin Burns, Annabel Sutherland, Nicola Carey, Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, Jess Jonassen, Sophie Molineux, Megan Schutt, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Katie Perkins, Sophie Devine (Captain), Suzie Bates, Rosemary Mair, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Katey Martin, Rachel Priest, Holly Huddleston, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Anna Peterson, Lea Tahuhu
Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Richa Ghosh, Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Harleen Deol, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Taniya Bhatia, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Chamari Athapaththu (Captain), Harshitha Madavi, Umesha Thimashini, Nilakshi de Silva, Hasini Perera, Shashikala Siriwardene, Udeshika Prabodhani, Sathya Sandeepani, Anushka Sanjeewani, Dilani Manodara, Hansima Karunaratne, Ama Kanchana, Kavisha Dilhari, Achini Kulasuriya, Sugandika Kumari
Fran Wilson, Danielle Wyatt, Heather Knight (Captain), Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Natalie Sciver, Mady Villiers, Tammy Beaumont, Amy Ellen Jones, Lauren Winfield, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Anya Shrubsole
Britney Cooper, Cherry Ann Fraser, Sheneta Grimmond, Stafanie Taylor (Captain), Deandra Dottin, Chinelle Henry, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Shemaine Campbelle, Chedean Nation, Aaliyah Alleyne, Shamilia Connell, Afy Fletcher, Lee-Ann Kirby, Shakera Selman
Laura Wolvaardt, Dane van Niekerk (Captain), Nadine de Klerk, Nondumiso Shangase, Marizanne Kapp, Sune Luus, Chloe Tryon, Lizelle Lee, Mignon du Preez, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune, Nonkululeko Mlaba
Aliya Riaz, Iram Javed, Javeria Khan, Muneeba Ali, Bismah Maroof (Captain), Anam Amin, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Sidra Nawaz, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Sadia Iqbal, Syeda Aroob Shah, Ayesha Naseem, Aiman Anwer
Murshida Khatun, Ayasha Rahman, Sanjida Islam, Fargana Hoque, Rumana Ahmed, Sobhana Mostary, Shamima Sultana, Nigar Sultana, Salma Khatun (Captain), Jahanara Alam, Khadija Tul Kubra, Panna Ghosh, Nahida Akter, Fahima Khatun, Ritu Moni
Sornnarin Tippoch (Captain), Naruemol Chaiwai, Rosenan Kanoh, Thipatcha Puttawong, Nattakan Chantam, Wongpaka Liengprasert, Phannita Maya, Chanida Sutthiruang, Nannapat Koncharoenkai, Suwanan Khiaoto, Nattaya Boochatham, Ratanaporn Padunglerd, Onnicha Kamchomphu, Soraya Lateh, Suleeporn Laomi.