The Future
Jan 20

Women’s teams begin build-up for ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014

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Seven of the 10 women’s teams scheduled to take part in the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 will be seen in action in a series of Twenty20 Internationals over the next fortnight. A  total of 13 matches featuring Australia, England, India, Ireland, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa will be played in a tri-series in Doha, Qatar from 19 January.
For some of the teams this will be a final tune-up before the start of the ICC World Twenty20 due to be played in Bangladesh from 16 March to 6 April. Aiding their sides in the build-up will be some of the world’s leading batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders.

Taylor, Edwards lead England

In the three-match T20I series as part of the Ashes starting from 29 January, England’s charge will be led by the two top-ranked batsmen in the Reliance ICC Women's Rankings for T20I Batters, Sarah Taylor and captain Charlotte Edwards. Australia duo of Meg Lanning in fourth and Jessica Cameron in eighth position are the other batsmen in the top 10 who will be in action during the Ashes. Outside the top 10, some of the batsmen likely to be in action during the Ashes are Alex Blackwell and Lydia Greenway (joint 13th), Jenny Gunn (21st), Alyssa Healy (23rd), Laura Marsh (26th), Arran Brindle (27th) and Danielle Wyatt (34th).
Meanwhile, England’s Danielle Hazell in fifth will start the Ashes series as the highest ranked bowler on either side in the Reliance ICC Women's Player Rankings for T20I Bowlers. Australia’s bowling pair of Ellyse Perry (eighth) and Erin Osborne in ninth place are the others who are likely to feature in the series.
Outside the top 10, the bowlers likely to be in action are Katherine Brunt (14th), Sarah Coyte (16th), Danielle Wyatt (27th) and Anya Shrubsole (33rd).

All eyes on rival captains

India captain Mithali Raj and her Sri Lanka counterpart Shashikala Siriwardena will start off the three-match series between the two sides as the top-ranked batsmen from their sides. In the series starting from 25 January in Visakhapatnam, Raj in seventh place is the highest ranked batsman from either side, while Siriwardena in 30th is the highest-ranked batsman from her side. Apart from Raj, Poonam Raut in tenth spot is the only other batsman on either side in the top 10.
Just outside the top 10, Harmanpreet Kaur in 11th in the only other player in the top 20 likely to feature in the series.
India’s Jhulan Goswami in 12th is the top-ranked bowler in the series and the only bowler in the top 20. Outside the top 20, Ekta Bisht in 25th and Udeshika Prabodhani in 29th are the other bowlers likely to play the series.

Three-way tussle in Doha

Ireland’s Clare Shillington is the only batsman in the top 10 from the teams featuring in a tri-series in Doha, Qatar. Apart from Ireland, Pakistan and South Africa are the other teams featuring in the tri-series starting on 19 January. Shillington is at a career-best ninth in the batting table.
Just outside the top 10 the other batsmen likely to play are Mignon du Preez (12th), Nain Abidi (15th), Bismah Maroof (16th), Trisha Chetty (17th) and Javeria Khan (19th).
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Sadia Yousaf in second place will start off as the highest ranked bowler during the tri-series. Apart from Yousaf, South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp in sixth is the other bowler in the top 10 who is likely to feature in the series.
Outside the top 10 the bowlers likely to play are Nida Dar (13th), Sana Mir (19th), Sunette Loubser (26th), Bismah Maroof (31st), Dan van Niekerk (32nd), Qanita Jalil (35th), Isobel Joyce (36th) and Kim Garth (39th).