Scotland U19s to face Netherlands in Europe World Cup Qualifier
Scotland will take on the hosts Netherlands in a three-match T20I series at Kampong CC from 7-12th August in the Under-19 World Cup qualifier for Europe, with the winners going on to the inaugural Under-19 T20 World Cup, which will be held in South Africa in 2023.
The Scotland squad contains two internationally capped players in captain Katherine Fraser and vice-captain Ailsa Lister.
“I’m extremely excited to be a part of this Scotland U19s team who have the opportunity to qualify for the inaugural Under-19 Women’s World Cup,” Fraser said.
“We’ve got a young and exciting group, with many players contributing stand out performances in the Women’s Premier League and regional competition, along with a few others from different setups who have fitted into the group really well. I’m incredibly honoured to have been given the chance to captain the side and hopefully some of the learnings I have taken from playing senior international cricket can help to further develop this U19s team.
The ICC’s introduction of this tournament, is a great step forward for women’s cricket, especially as it involves 16 teams. This will provide a chance for associate nations to test themselves against strong oppositions from countries with full member status. Additionally, it gives young players the valuable opportunity to experience international cricket before making their senior debuts.”
All the 11 full member nations – Australia, England, New Zealand, India, South Africa, West Indies, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ireland, Zimbabwe – have already qualified for the event. USA have qualified from the Americas as the only side eligible from the region. Four more sides will qualify for the competition from qualifying tournaments. UAE have already made it from the Asia region.
Scotland’s Head Coach Peter Ross said: “Having the opportunity to play age-group international cricket and compete in an Under 19 World Cup Qualifying event is an exciting step in the development of Cricket Scotland’s female pathway. Fundamentally, within the pathway, we are looking to develop cricketers who can go on to represent the senior national squad in years to come – this World Cup Qualifier will provide some great experiences for those players who have been selected to take part and will challenge them as they continue on their development journeys.
“The squad will be led by Katherine Fraser, with Ailsa Lister supporting as vice-captain. Both of those players have a significant amount of National team experience and will be looking to lead by example and pass on the valuable experiences and learnings that they have had within that senior environment.”
9th August – 1st T20I
10th August – 2nd T20I
11th August – 3rd T20I
* all matches to be played at 11:00 AM local time
Netherlands: Pien Oost, Kristine Smits, Myrthe van den Raad, Robin Schmidt, Robyn van Oosterom, Fenna Vermeire, Phebe Molkenboer, Els Keppel, Merel Dekeling, Carlijn van Koolwijk, Donna Polet, Rosalie Lawrence, Mahdiya Kidwai and Nidhi Patil
Scotland: Katherine Fraser (Captain), Ailsa Lister, Darcey Carter, Emily Tucker, Emma Walsingham, Maisie Maciera, Maryam Faisal, Molly Barbour-Smith, Molly Paton, Nayma Shaikh, Niamh Muir, Niamh Robertson-Jack, Olivia Bell and Orla Montgomery