The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers are around the corner and Zimbabwe and Botswana have intensified their preparations with a trip to India in October and November.
The 2024 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier will be hosted in East African country of Uganda this December, where these two nations will be gunning for a qualification slot against tough opposition, including hosts Uganda, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Team Botswana will travel to Bengaluru from the 3-14 November, 2023, and their tour will include training sessions and practice games at the Samprasiddhi Sports Estadio Ground, and the KSCA Cricket ground in Alur.
The Zimbabwe Senior Womens, aka the Lady Chevrons, are based in Saphale in Maharashtra, and they have already kicked things off: A first outing against the Omtex ICWC Cricket Institute was won by 92 runs, and in the second clash Omtex ICWC side defeated the visitors by 4 wickets.
Their 17-day training camp is expected to run until November 10.
Fit again captain Mary-Anne Musonda, who scored back-to-back half centuries on her return to the field during the recently ended T20s, leads her charges including three teenagers, in their Asia sojourn.
The team comprises heavyweights Josephine Nkomo, Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano, Ashley Ndiraya, Precious Marange, Audrey Mazvishaya, Nomvelo Sibanda and Chiyedza Dhururu, while-and-coming talent will include youngsters Franscesca Chipare (25), Kudzai Chigora (17), Adel Zimunu (19), Lindokuhle Mabhera (20) and 14-year-old Beloved Biza.
Kelis Ndhlovu, who captained the Zimbabwe Under-19 Women’s side at the inaugural ICC Under-19 Women’s World Cup in January, is also among the 16 players selected.
Biza, the youngest in the group, has been rewarded for good performances in domestic games, while seasoned wicketkeeper batter, Modester Mupachikwa – currently playing and coaching cricket in Australia, will not travel to Uganda with the team.
Botswana Women’s Squad Squad for India Training Camp
Laura Mophakedi (captain)
Zimbabwe Women’s Squad for India Training Camp
Mary-Anne Musonda (captain)
Main Photo Caption: Zimbabwe and Botswana Women are ramping up their preparations for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers in Uganda this December with both countries sending Training Camp Squads to India on tour. Photo: Supplied
Photo 2 Caption: Zimbabwe skipper Mary-Anne Musonda – who scored back-to-back half centuries on her return to the field during the recently ended T20s – leads her charges including teenagers and experience. Photo: Supplied