Canada will travel to Ireland in the summer to compete for a place in next year’s Women’s World Cup Twenty/20 cricket competition.
International Cricket Council (ICC) development manager, Tim Anderson, said last week that the international body was “pleased” to announce Ireland as the tournament host.
“With Ireland’s track record of hosting ICC events, we are confident this important qualifying competition will be played in very good conditions, with excellent hospitality,” said Anderson.
Cricket Ireland chief executive officer, Warren Deutrom, welcomed the news.
“It’s fantastic news for Irish cricket,” said Deutron. “Ireland has proved itself to be a great venue for hosting global tournaments, having staged the 2005 ICC Under-19 global qualifiers very successfully. We are delighted the ICC has awarded us this competition and I am certain it will be a wonderful occasion.”
Isobel Joyce, the captain of the Irish women’s cricket team, said hosting the tournament will lift the sport in the country.
“We are already training hard for the event and while it’s obviously a big advantage to be playing in our conditions, we know it will be very difficult against teams of the quality of Pakistan and Sri Lanka,” she said. “Having said that, we have a fantastic balance in the squad now of youth and experience and there’s no reason why we can’t grab the last slot on offer.”
Canada along with the Irish, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Japan, the Netherlands and two qualifiers from Asia and Africa will take part in the tournament in either July or August.
Defending champs, Australia, together with New Zealand, the West Indies, England, India, South Africa and Bangladesh have already booked their places for the 2014 tournament in Bangladesh.
Members of the national team residing in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) are already preparing for the qualifier.
The training squad comprises Hala Azmat, Duriya Shabbir, Lorraine Kenton, Shweta Gakhar, Nicole Gallagher, Kamna Mirchandani, Lahwish Khan, Natasha Springett, Saniyah Zia, Nicole James and Monali Patel of the GTA; British Columbia-based Joanna White, Chrissie Blackadder, Kim Coulter, Meera Crawford, Julia Fathers, Rebecca Kendrick and Mikael Turik; Manitoba’s Vijay Vithange and Sheryl Tittlemier; Suthershini Sivanantham and Mari Aimee of Montreal; Calgary-based Jenna Bartholemew and all-rounder, Maree Wilson, who moved from Victoria, British Columbia to Napier, New Zealand last year.
Host country England clinched the inaugural women’s Twenty/20 World Cup in 2009. Australia captured the title in 2010 and regained the crown in October in Sri Lanka.
By RON FANFAIR