Roseau, Dominica: Abini St Jean and Earnisha Fontaine are all set to represent the Commonwealth of Dominica in the West Indies Under 19 women’s team to participate in the Inaugural ICC under 10 Women’s Cricket World Cup in South Africa.
The Ministry of Culture, Youth Sports and Community Development on Friday held a send-off ceremony for Abini St.Jean and Earnisha Fontaine; the ceremony took place at the Billy Doctrove Pavilion at the Windsor Park Stadium.
The two young ladies have been selected on the West Indies under 19 women’s team to participate in the Inaugural ICC under 19 Women’s Cricket World Cup in South Africa.
Oscar George, the Minister in responsibility for Sports, was on hand to share encouragements with the young cricketers and wish them well on tour. Also addressing the cricketers were PS Blackmoore, Sports Coordinator Trevor Shillingford and the Dominica Cricket Association president Glen Joseph.
The two are expected to leave the state for South Africa on January 1.
The global event will feature 41 matches be played from 14 to January 29 in South Africa. The official warm-up matches will be from 9 to January 11. The 16 participating teams will play in four groups in the preliminary round. West indies have been drawn in Group C alongside New Zealand, Ireland and Indonesia.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the schedule for the inaugural ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup. The tournament will be played from January 14 to January 29, 2023 in South Africa.
Four matches will be played every day during group stages. Australia and Bangladesh will play the opening fixture with UAE and Scotland also playing a match at the same time. India will take on the hosts South Africa followed by the opening fixture while Sri Lanka and USA match will round off day 1.
With 16 teams participating, there will be 41 matches played across the hosting cities Benoni and Potchefstroom. 11 full members – Australia, England, New Zealand, India, South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies, Ireland and Zimbabwe qualified for the event automatically and five other teams qualified via regional qualifiers that started in June 2022.
USA qualified from the Americas region as the only associate nation eligible under ICC event pathway participation criteria. Scotland won the Europe Qualifier, UAE made it from the Asia Qualifier, Indonesia won the East Asia-Pacific Regional Qualifier, and Rwanda completed the participating teams when they qualified from the Africa region.
16 teams are divided into four groups of four teams, with Australia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and USA in Group A and England, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Rwanda featuring in Group B. Group C consists of Ireland, Indonesia, New Zealand, and West Indies. India is placed in Group D alongside hosts South Africa, UAE and Scotland.
The top three teams from all groups will qualify for the Super Six stages, where teams from Group A will play the ones from Group D, and Group B will take on Group C. Winners of Super Six groups will play the semi-final against the runners-up from the other group.
Semi-finals will be played on January 27 and the final will be on January 29 with a reserve day for the decider on January 30.