There will be no dearth of experience for the competing teams during the upcoming ICC Women's World T20 2018, with 19 players gearing up for their sixth appearance in the tournament, which will take place in the Caribbean from November 9-24.
The ICC today confirmed all the squads for the ICC Women's World T20 2018, with four players each from South Africa and the West Indies, three from Sri Lanka, two each from India, New Zealand and Pakistan and one each from Australia and England in the list of players not to miss a single edition of the tournament.
West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor is among those turning out for the sixth time and is most enthusiastic at the prospect of playing in front of home crowds in what is the first stand-alone edition after it was held along with the men's event the previous five times.
West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor said, "Leading the West Indies in the ICC Women's World T20 2018 is both an honour and challenge for me. It will obviously be a great feeling to be in the prestigious role at home but one has to also live up to expectations since we won the tournament in India last time." "We have a fine squad and several potential match winners but we have to be at our best in each and every match. The announcement of the squad makes you realise that the tournament is now almost upon us. The other squads too are very impressive and this promises to be a highly competitive tournament," she said.
"We have a fine squad and several potential match winners but we have to be at our best in each and every match. "I want to encourage all our fans to come out and support us in a major way. We're delighted to be at home and we want to see the stands full and cheering for the Windies," Taylor said.
Players in their sixth ICC Women's World T20: Ellyse Perry (Australia); Jenny Gunn (England); Harmanpreet Kaur, Mithali Raj (India); Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine (New Zealand); Sana Mir, Javeria Khan (Pakistan); Dane van Niekerk, Trisha Chetty, Mignon du Preez, Shabnim Ismail (South Africa); Eshani Lokusooriya, Udeshika Prabodhani, Chamari Athapaththu (Sri Lanka); Merissa Aguillera, Deandra Dottin, Anisa Mohammed, Stafanie Taylor (West Indies). The West Indies, who won the title at the Eden Gardens two years ago with an eight-wicket win over Australia, are one of the top contenders with captain Taylor now only 47 runs behind retired England player Charlotte Edwards's record of 768 runs in ICC Women's World T20s. Taylor, Deandra Dottin and Hayley Mathews have all figured regularly among the top of the T20I rankings for batters, bowlers and all-rounders.
Meg Lanning's Australia side will be looking for a fourth title and making up for not entering the final of last year's World Cup. Leading all-rounder Ellyse Perry is approaching a double, needing 10 wickets to become the first Australian to take 100 wickets in T20I cricket and 125 runs to reach 1,000. Australia play three T20Is against Pakistan in the interim, which will take her closer to the milestone if she does not reach it by then.
Salma Khatun-led Bangladesh, taking confidence from their Asia Cup and ICC World T20 Qualifier victories, will be looking for magic from their spin attack. Leg-spinner Fahima Khatun, who performed a hat-trick against the UAE during the Qualifier in the Netherlands, and off-spinner Khadija Tul Kubra, who took a Bangladesh record of six for 20 in a recent ODI victory over Pakistan, are among their prominent slow bowlers.
World Cup winners and former champions England have named three uncapped players, but the Heather Knight-led side also boast World Cup stars Tammy Beaumont, Nat Sciver (134 runs to 1,000 in T20Is) and Anya Shrubsole, as also Danny Wyatt, who needs just six runs to reach 1000 in this format.
For India, whose first win will be their 50th in all editions of the tournament, captain Harmanpreet Kaur is the biggest hitter. Her 171 not out in last year's ICC Women's World Cup semi-final against Australia make her one of the players to watch out for. Formerly top-ranked Mithali Raj and left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana are other big names in the squad.
Laura Delany-led Ireland find themselves in a tough group that includes Australia, India, New Zealand and Pakistan with hopes on all-rounder Kim Garth and with eyes also on Clare Shillington, who is just 62 short of becoming the first Ireland woman to score 1,000 T20I runs.
For Amy Satterthwaite-led New Zealand, former captain Suzie Bates is on her way to many milestones in the tournament. She needs 154 runs to become the first player male or female to score 3,000 T20I runs and needs one catch to become the third player to take 50 catches in the field in T20I cricket. Bates is also just 49 runs short of becoming the leading run-scorer in ICC WWT20 cricket and in a potential race with Stafanie Taylor.
Pakistan start their campaign with a testing match against Australia on the opening day of the competition. Javeria Khan, who led the team in recent matches in the absence of regular captain Bismah Maroof, would be looking to use her experience, with former captain Sana Mir and Nida Dar, currently both on 76 wickets, likely to continue their race to be the country's top wicket-taker in the format after facing Australia in three matches in the interim.
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