U-19 Women’s T20 World Cup: The U-19 Women’s T20 World Cup is going to start from January 14. This tournament is being organized for the first time
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The wait for the U19 Women’s T20 World Cup is about to end around the world. All eyes are on this tournament as it is the first ever U-19 Women’s World Cup. Through this young women cricketers will also get a big platform. The tournament will start from Saturday. A total of 16 teams will enter the tournament hoping to win the title. The ICC has hosted 14 Men’s Under-19 World Cups since 1988, but this tournament is being organized for women cricketers for the first time.
Women’s cricket has done a lot in the last 5 years, but more talent needs to be found to make the game more popular. A total of 41 matches will be played in 4 stadiums in Benoni and Potchefstroom. The 16-team tournament was supposed to start in 2021, but had to be postponed until 2023 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
India are in the same group as the hosts
11 full member nations Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe have directly qualified for the tournament. Where teams from the five regions of the ICC, America, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Rwanda, Scotland and Indonesia will participate in it. India have been placed in Group C along with hosts South Africa, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates.
Shefali and Richa are big names
The Shefali Verma-led team will begin their campaign against South Africa on Saturday. Apart from Shefali, another big name of the Indian team is Richa Ghosh. India’s star players of the future were given an opportunity to learn from legendary cricketer Mithali Raj about her World Cup experience. Apart from dealing with stressful situations during the game, she got information from Mithali about bouncing back from defeat, captaincy style and moving forward.
Part of a historic moment
After meeting Mithali, Indian captain Shefali said that you are going to be a part of some new and historic moment, you will feel it. India played a series against South Africa to prepare for the tournament. Having dominated the senior circuit, Australia will be hoping to win the title at the junior level as well.
Some areas need work
Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar also congratulated the Indian team. She wrote in a column written for the ICC that I would say that India’s women’s team has the potential to be the best this time around. He said the team has a good balance of some experienced players and some young talent in both the batting and bowling departments. He wrote that although there has been a lot of progress in women’s cricket, there are still some areas that need to be developed.