With just 11 days to go before eight sides converge in the Netherlands to battle out for the two remaining places in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018, the International Cricket Council has announced the umpire and match referee appointments for the group stage matches of the qualifying tournament, and also confirmed the eight participating squads.
The ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier 2018 will be held from 7-14 July, and VRA Cricket Ground in Amstelveen and Kampong Cricket Club in Utrecht will share 20 event matches between them. All these matches will have Twenty20 International status.
The winner of the qualifying tournament will join hosts and defending champions the Windies, England, Sri Lanka and South Africa in Group A, while the runner-up will be in Group B along with Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and India.
David Jukes of the International Panel of Match Referees will be the tournament referee, while umpiring responsibilities will be shared between Claire Polosak, Sue Redfern, Jacqueline Williams, Roland Black, Pim van Liemt and Ahmad Shah Pakteen, all from the Emirates International or Development Panel of ICC Umpires.
Warm-ups (non-international matches):
5 July – UAE v Uganda (1200-1445), VCC; Sue Redfern and Ahmed Shah Pakteen (on-field umpire), Roland Black (reserve umpire). Netherlands v Thailand (1600-1845), VCC; Roland Black and Ahmed Shah Pakteen (on-field umpire), Sue Redfern (reserve umpire)
5 July – Scotland v Bangladesh, VOC (1200-1445); Jacqueline Williams and Pim van Liemt (on-field umpire); Claire Polosak (reserve umpire). Ireland v PNG, VOC (1600-1845); Claire Polosak and Pim van Liemt (on-field umpire); Jacqueline Williams (reserve umpire)
Event proper (all T20Is)
Tournament Referee – David Jukes
o Ireland v Thailand, Kampong (1200-1445); Sue Redfern and Jacqueline Williams (on-field), Ahmed Shah Pakteen (reserve umpire)
o Netherlands v UAE (1600-1845); Ahmed Shah Pakteen and Jacqueline Williams (on-field umpires), Sue Redfern (reserve umpire)
o Scotland v Uganda (1200-1445); Roland Black and Claire Polosak (on-field umpires), Pim van Liemt (reserve umpire)
o Bangladesh v Uganda (1600-1845); Pim van Liemt and Claire Polosak (on-field umpires), Roland Black (reserve umpire)
o Uganda v Thailand, Kampong (1200-1445); Ahmed Shah Pakteen and Roland Black (on-field umpires), Claire Polosak (reserve umpire)
o Netherlands v Bangladesh (1600-1845); Claire Polosak and Roland Black (on-field umpires), Ahmed Shah Pakteen (reserve umpire)
o Scotland v Ireland, VRA (1200-1445); Pim van Liemt and Sue Redfern (on-field umpires), Jacqueline Williams (reserve umpire)
o PNG v UAE, VRA (1600-1845); Jacqueline Williams and Sue Redfern (on-field umpires), Pim van Liemt (reserve umpire)
o Thailand v Scotland, Kampong (1200-1445); Claire Polosak and Pim van Liemt (on-field umpires), Roland Black (reserve umpire)
o UAE v Bangladesh, Kampong (1600-1845); Roland Black and Pim van Piemt (on-field umpires), Claire Polosak (reserve umpire)
o Ireland v Uganda, VRA (1200-1445); Jacqueline Williams and Ahmed Shah Pakteen (on-field umpires), Sue Redfern (reserve umpire)
o Netherlands v PNG (1600-1845); Sue Redfern and Ahmed Shah Pakteen (on-field umpires), Jacqueline Williams (reserve umpire)
Appointments for the 12 and 14 July play-offs will be announced in due course.
Meanwhile, the ICC has also confirmed the eight squads, which will take part in the weeklong tournament.
The squads are:
BANGLADESH - Salma Khatun (captain); Ayasha Rahman; Fahima Khatun; Fargana Hoque Pinky; Jahanara Alam; Khadiza-Tul Kubra; Lily Rani Biswas; Nahida Akter; Nigar Sultana Joty; Rumana Ahmed; Panna Ghosh; Shamima Sultana (wicketkeeper); Sanjida Islam and Sarmin Sultana. Anju Jain (coach)
IRELAND - Laura Delany (captain); Kim Garth; Cecelia Joyce; Isobel Joyce; Shauna Kavanagh; Gaby Lewis; Lara Maritz; Ciara Metcalfe; Cara Murray; Lucy O'Reilly; Eimear Richardson; Clare Shillington; Rebecca Stokell and Mary Waldron (wicketkeeper). Aaron Hamilton (coach)
NETHERLANDS - Heather Siegers (captain); Cher van Slobbe; Esther Corder; Caroline de Fouw; Babette de Leede (wicketkeeper); Denise Hannema; Sterre Kalis; Lisa Klokgieters; Mariska Kornet; Juliet Post; Annemijn Thomson; Robine Rijke; Silver Siegers and Jolien van Vliet. Sean Trouw (coach)
PNG - Pauke Siaka (captain); Natasha Ambol; Vicky Ara'a; Kaia Arua; Helen Buruka (wicketkeeper); Veru Kila Frank; Sibona Jimmy; Kopi John; Ravini Oa; Tanya Ruma; Brenda Tau (wicketkeeper); Mairi Tom; Isabel Toua and Naoani Vare. Rarua Dikana (coach)
SCOTLAND - Abbi Aitken (captain); Sarah Bryce (wicketkeeper); Priyanaz Chatterji; Becky Glen; Laura Grant; Lorna Jack (wicketeeper); Abtaha Maqsood; Katie McGill; Jess Mills; Hannah Rainey; Rachel Scholes; Ellen Watson (wicketkeeper) and Ruth Willis. Steve Knox (coach)
THAILAND - Sornnarin Tippoch (captain); Nattaya Boochatham; Naruemol Chaiwai; Natthakan Chantham; Onnicha Khamchomphu; Rosenanee Kanoh; Nannapat Koncharonkai; Suleeporn Laomi; Wongpaka Liengprasert; Rattanaporn Padunglerd; Srinitra Saengsakaorat; Sainamin Saenya; Chanida Sutthiruang and Arriya Yenyueak. Janak Gamage (coach)
UGANDA - Kevin Awino (Captain) (Wicketkeeper); Joyce Mary Apio; Consylate Aweko; Getrude Candiru; Siadat Kemigisha; Janet Mbabazi; Rita Musamali; Frankline Najjumba; Immaculate Nakisuuyi; Mary Nalule; Prico Nakitende; Stephanie Nampiina; Carol Namugenyi and Rachael Ntono. Francis Ngede (coach)
UAE - Humaira Tasneem (Captain); Chamani Senevirathne; Chaya Mughal; Esha Oza; Heena Hotchandani; Ishni Senavirathna; Judit Cleetus (Wicketkeeper); Kavisha Kumari; Namita Dsouza; Neha Sharma; Nisha Ali; Roopa Nagaraj; Subha Srinivasan and Udeni Kuruppuarachchi. Sockalingam Vairamoorthy (coach)
ABOUT THE EVENT:
This is the third edition. Pakistan won the inaugural event in 2013 and qualified along with Bangladesh for the event proper, while Ireland won the 2015 tournament and featured with Bangladesh in the 2016 tournament in India
Top two sides from this event will join Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the Windies for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018, which will be staged in the Caribbean from 9-24 November
Bangladesh and Ireland are ranked ninth and 10th respectively on the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Team Rankings
PNG and Uganda have qualified from the East Asia Pacific and Africa Regions respectively, Scotland and Netherlands have progressed from the European/Americas Regions, while Thailand and United Arab Emirates have qualified from the Asian Region