ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020: Squads, Key Players, Fixtures & Prediction

WOmen's T20 World Cup Build upEngland Australia and Indian Skippers. Courtesy: BBC Sports
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ICC women’s T20 world cup 2020 is starting from the 21st of February. Reigning and four times champion Australia will host the mega event. Final of the women’s T20 world cup will be hosted by iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, the MCG. Here is all you need to know about the premier ICC women tournament.

Group-wise Squads for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020

Group A

  • Australia – W
  • Bangladesh – W
  • India – W
  • New Zealand – W
  • Sri Lanka – W

Australian Squad for Women’s World Cup is as follows

Meg Lanning (Captain), Rachael Haynes (Vice-Captain), Erin Burns, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham.

Australia women squad

Bangladesh Squad for Women’s World Cup is as follows

Salma Khatun (captain), Rumana Ahmed (Vice-Captain), Jahanara Alam, Nahida Akter, Panna Ghosh, Fargana Hoque, Sanjida Islam, Fahima Khatun, Murshida Khatun, Ritu Moni, Sobhana Mostary, Ayesha Rahman, Nigar Sultana, Shamima Sultana, Khadija Tul Kubra.

Bangladesh-W squad
Courtesy: ICC T20 World Cup Twitter

England Squad for Women’s World Cup is as follows

Heather Knight (Captain), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones (wk), Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Lauren Winfield, Fran Wilson, Danni Wyatt, Mady Villiers.

ENgland-W Squad
Courtesy: ICC T20 World Cup Twitter

India Squad for Women’s World Cup is as follows

Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodriguez, Harleen Deol, Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Richa Ghosh, Tania Bhatia, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy.

India-W squad
Courtesy: BCCI

Group B

  • England – W
  • Pakistan – W
  • South Africa – W
  • Thailand – W
  • West Indies – W

New Zealand Squad for Women’s World Cup is as follows

New Zealand women squad
Courtesy: ICC T20 World Cup Twitter

Sophie Devine (Captain), Suzie Bates, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Rachel Priest, Lea Tahuhu.

Pakistan Squad for Women’s World Cup is as follows

Bismah Maroof (c), Aimen Anwar, Aliya Riyaz, Anam Amin, Ayesha Naseem, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Iram Javed, Javeria Khan, Muneeba Khan, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Syeda Aroob Shah.

Pakistan women squad
Courtesy: ICC T20 World Cup Twitter

Sri Lanka Squad for Women’s World Cup is as follows

Chamari Atapattu (Captain), Harshitha Madavi (Vice-Captain), Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Ama Kanchana, Hansima Karunaratne, Achini Kulasuriya, Sugandika Kumari, Dilani Manodara, Hasini Perera, Udeshika Probodhani, Sathya Sandeepani, Anushka Sanjeewani, Shashikala Siriwardene, Umesha Thimashini.

Sri Lanka women's squad
Courtesy: ICC T20 World Cup Twitter

Thailand Squad for Women’s World Cup is as follows

Sornnarin Tippoch (c), Nattaya Boochatham, Wongpaka Liengprasert, Phannita Maya, Ratanaporn Padunglerd, Onnicha Kamchomphu, Naruemol Chaiwai, Chanida Sutthiruang, Nannapat Koncharoenkai, Soraya Lateh, Rosenanee Kanoh, Thipatcha Puttawong, Suleeporn Laomi, Natthakan Chantham, Suwanan Khiaoto.

Thai women's squad
Courtesy: ICC T20 World Cup Twitter

West Indies Squad for Women’s World Cup is as follows

Stafanie Taylor, Anisa Mohammed, Deandra Dottin, Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Lee-Ann Kirby, Britney Cooper, Shemaine Campbelle, Chinelle Henry, Afy Fletcher, Shamilia Connell, Shakera Selman, Sheneta Grimmond, Cherry-Ann Fraser, Aaliyah Alleyne.

West Indies women squad
Courtesy: ICC T20 World Cup Twitter

Top 2 Sides which are Capable to win ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia

Top 2 Contenders to Lift the ICC Women’s World Cup 2020 are defending champions Australia and ICC women’s world cup 2018 runners-up England.

To begin with the host nation Australia, uncapped Annabel Sutherland has made her place in the women’s world cup squad. Sutherland is an all-rounder and is just 18-year-old. On the other hand, Sophie Molineux has been recalled for the Australian Women’s T20 side.

Remember, Australia women are four-time champions of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup title.

Out of 15 players, 13 were the part of the successful campaign of ICC women’s world cup back in 2018.

The breakup of Reigning Champions Australia for the Women’s T20 World Cup

Batters

  • Meg Lanning
  • Rachael Haynes
  • Beth Mooney
  • Alyssa Healy

Bowlers

  • Jess Jonassen
  • Sophie Molineux
  • Megan Schutt
  • Tayla Vlaeminck
  • Georgia Wareham

All-Rounders

  • Ellyse Perry
  • Erin Burns
  • Ashleigh Gardner
  • Delissa Kimmince
  • Annabel Sutherland (Uncapped)
  • Nicola Carey

For us, the 2nd strong contender to life the women’s world cup title in Australia is England Women. England has recalled their Georgia Elwiss. Elwiss was part of the squad who beat Pakistan in the recent series in Malaysia.

England ICC women will bank on their skipper Heather Knight and Natalie Sciver. Both are heavily familiar with Australian conditions. Both were part of the recently concluded Women BBL for Hobart Hurricanes and Perth Scorchers respectively.

The breakup of Runners-up England for the Women’s T20 World Cup

Batters

  • Tammy Beaumont
  • Amy Allen Jones (Wicket Keeper)
  • Lauren Winfield
  • Fran Wilson
  • Danielle Wyatt

Bowlers

  • Kate Cross
  • Freya Davies
  • Sarah Glenn
  • Sophie Ecclestone
  • Anya Shrubsole

All-Rounders

  • Heather Knight
  • Katherine Brunt
  • Natalie Sciver
  • Georgia Elwiss
  • Mady Villiers

Apart from Australia, Group A comprises Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, India, and Sri Lanka. Let’s discuss further for these teams:

Bangladesh Women

Rumana Ahmed the leg spinner and Panna Ghosh, the seam bowler, have been included in the Bangladesh squad for the Women’s T20 World Cup.

Key Player

Key Player for Bangla Women in the T20 mega-event 2020 would be Salma Khatun; their skipper. The experienced Khatun T20I stats are as follows:

Matches Runs Wickets Bat. Strike Rate Bowl. Econ.
70 523 60 84.49 4.74

India Women:

India Women has picked up 15-year-old prodigy Shafali Verma for the T20 World Cup campaign. She is a teenager on the Indian side alongside two teenagers Richa Ghosh and Jemimah Rodriguez. Both are 16 and 19 years old respectively.

Indian ICC women team will be led by Harmanpreet Kaur and dashing opener Smriti Mandhana.

Key Player – Jemimah Rodriguez

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 08: Jemimah Rodrigues of India bats during game two of the International T20 Series between the New Zealand White Ferns and India at Eden Park on February 08, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Source: Cricinfo

My pick as a key player for Indian women is 19-year-old Jemimah Rodriguez. In ICC Women’s Ranking for batters, she is at No. 4. She can hit the long ball and an impact player too. T20I Stats for Jemimah Rodriguez are as follows:

Matches Runs Best Bat. Strike Rate Bat. Avg.
36 790 72 113.5 28.21

New Zealand Women

Replacing Amy Satterthwaite, Sophie Devine has been named captain for the White Ferns. Interestingly, New Zealand women have picked up two uncapped players Rosemary Mair and Jess Kerr (sister of No. 10 ranked leggie, Amelia Kerr). In the forthcoming Women’s T20 World Championship, New Zealand will ensure to be in the top four.

Key Player – Suzie Bates

ST PAUL'S, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA - NOVEMBER 03: (EDITORS NOTE: This Image was processed using digital filters) Suzie Bates poses poses during the New Zealand Portraits session ahead of the ICC Women's World T20 2018 tournament at St James's Club and Villas on November 3, 2018 in Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda. (Photo by Jan Kruger-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)
Source: Cricinfo

You cannot forget Suzie Bates at all. Bates is currently the No.1 batter in ICC women’s T20I batswomen ranking. The way she bats and takes the attack to the opposition is simply threatening. Suzie Bates mind-boggling stats in the shorter format are as follows:

Matches Runs Best Bat. Strike Rate Bat. Avg.
113 3,125 124* 112.12 30.63

Sri Lanka Women

In the Sri Lankan squad, there are three returns and one uncapped selection. Umesha Thimashini, Kavisha Dilhari, Hasini Perera and uncapped Sathya Sandeepni are part of the Sri Lanka ICC women team.

Key Player – Chamari Atapattu

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Chamari Athapathtu of Sri Lanka celebrates scoring a century during game one of the Women's Twenty20 International Series between Australia and Sri Lanka at North Sydney Oval on September 29, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)
Chamari Atapattu. Source: Cricinfo

Captain Chamari Atapattu will carry the hopes of Islanders in the upcoming women’s T20 World Cup. She has made her mark in international cricket and her stats are as follows:

Matches Runs Best Bat. Strike Rate Bat. Avg.
81 1,492 113 94.97 19.12

Apart from England Group B comprises Pakistan, South Africa, Thailand, and West Indies Women. Let’s discuss further for these teams:

Pakistan Women

For ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020, Green Shirts will be without Sana Mir. Mir is Pakistan’s 2nd highest wicket-taker in the T20 format and was part of each women’s T20 world championship. Pakistan ICC women will be captained by opener Bismah Maroof while they have picked up 15-year-old Ayesha Naseem.

Why Sana Mir Axed?

Sana Mir rejoicing after taking a catch. cric info
Sana Mir jubilant. Source: Cricinfo

The chairperson selection committee and former captain Urooj Mumtaz about Sana Mir:

“Sana has been a phenomenal servant of Pakistan cricket while being an inspiration to many girls out there. Unfortunately, her recent performances in the T20 format were not on her side.”

Key Player –  Bismah Maroof

PROVIDENCE, GUYANA - NOVEMBER 11: Bismah Mahroof of Pakistan bats during the ICC Women's World T20 2018 match between India and Pakistan at Guyana National Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Providence, Guyana. (Photo by Jan Kruger-IDI/IDI via Getty Images) ***Local Caption*** Bismah Mahroof
Bismah Maroof. Source: Cricinfo

Captain and No.11 in ICC Batter’s ranking, Bismah Maroof will hold the key in the women T20 world cup for Pakistan. Maroof is a batting all-rounder and her stats are as follows:

Matches Runs Wickets Bat. Strike Rate Bowl. Econ.
106 2,183 36 94.97 5.61

South Africa Women

8 South African women cricketers out fifteen have the experience of Women BBL. Those eight include Chloe Tryon, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee, Marizanne Kapp and their skipper Dane van Niekerk. Captain Van Niekerk hasn’t played an international T20 since February 2019. However, WBBL paved her way to the women’s world T20 cup 2020 return.

Key Player – Shabnim Ismail

GROS ISLET, SAINT LUCIA - NOVEMBER 14: Shabnim Ismail of South Africa celebrates the wicket of Stafanie Taylor of West Indies during the ICC Women's World T20 2018 match between West Indies and South Africa at Darren Sammy Cricket Ground on November 14, 2018 in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia. (Photo by Matthew Lewis-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)
Shabnim Ismail. Source: Cricinfo

Fast bowler Shabnim Ismail will be their center of hope for the T20 world cup 2020 starting from February 21.

Thailand Women

Well, we don’t really know much about Thai women’s cricket team. However, having made to the women’s T20 cup and making Ireland is out is a tremendous achievement.

Their confidence had grown exponentially leading into the qualifier in Scotland and advancing into the T20 mega-event in Australia became a possibility.

Key Player – Sornnarin Tippoch

Sornnarin Tippoch
Source: Cricinfo

Sornnarin Tippoch, their skipper will hold Thai hopes as she is their 18th ranked batter in ICC women’s T20I Ranking.

West Indies Women

ICC women’s world cup 2016 runners-up, West Indian side will be a force to reckon with. They have some dangerous players in the shape of Deandra Dottin, Anisa Mohammed, and Hayley Matthews. Dottin will make a comeback after one year due to injury.

Dottin, Stefanie Taylor, and Matthews will find themselves in familiar conditions as they have women BBL experience on their back.

Key Player – Stafanie Taylor

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: Stafanie Taylor of the Strikers watches on during the team talk before the Women's Big Bash League match between the Adelaide Strikers and the Melbourne Renegades at Karen Rolton Oval on October 20, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
West Indies Captain Stafanie Taylor. Source: Cricinfo

Skipper Stafanie Taylor, a genuine all-rounder will hold the key for Caribbean women. Her stats speak volume for herself:

Matches Runs Wickets Bat. Avg. Bowl. Econ.
100 2,900 84 35.8 5.57

 

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup WARM-UP Games (15-20 February)

Arch Rivals India and Pakistan will clash on the 16th of February.

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Fixtures (Fixtures are subject to change)

February 2020

  • 21 Australia v India, Sydney (Showground) (d/n)
  • 22 West Indies v Thailand, Perth (WACA)
  • 22 New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Perth (WACA) (d/n)
  • 23 England v South Africa, Perth (WACA) (d/n)
  • 24 Australia v Sri Lanka, Perth (WACA)
  • 24 India v Bangladesh, Perth (WACA) (d/n)
  • 26 England v Thailand, Canberra
  • 26 West Indies v Pakistan, Canberra (d/n)
  • 27 India v New Zealand, Melbourne (Junction Oval)
  • 27 Australia v Bangladesh, Canberra (d/n)
  • 28 South Africa v Thailand, Canberra
  • 28 Pakistan v England, Canberra (d/n)
  • 29 Bangladesh v New Zealand, Melbourne (Junction Oval)
  • 29 Sri Lanka v India, Melbourne (Junction Oval) (d/n)

March 2020

  • 1 South Africa v Pakistan, Sydney (Showground)
  • 1 England v West Indies, Sydney (Showground) (d/n)
  • 2 Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, Melbourne (Junction Oval)
  • 2 Australia v New Zealand, Melbourne (Junction Oval) (d/n)
  • 3 Pakistan v Thailand, Sydney (Showground)
  • 3 West Indies v South Africa, Sydney (Showground) (d/n)
  • 5 1st semi-final, Sydney (SCG)
  • 5 2nd semi-final, Sydney (SCG) (d/n)
  • 8 FINAL, Melbourne (MCG) (d/n)

Predictions for Top 4 semi-finalists in the upcoming women’s T20 world cup:

  • Australia
  • England
  • New Zealand
  • India
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