- USA Women’s Under 19s will undertake a tour of the United Arab Emirates including 5 x T20Is as part of a bilateral series with UAE next week
- The tour is part of the significant, ongoing efforts to provide the Women’s Under 19s with the best possible preparation for the inaugural ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup taking place in South Africa in January 2023
- Geetika Kodali will captain the touring party of 15 players to UAE from an initial 17-player squad announced who could feature for USA in the World Cup
USA Cricket is pleased to announce a Tour of the United Arab Emirates for a Women’s Under 19’s bilateral series vs UAE Women’s Under 19’s that will take place in Dubai next week. A series of 5 youth T20 Internationals will take place across two venues between the two teams as they both prepare for the upcoming inaugural ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup taking place in South Africa in January 2023.
Geetika Kodali will captain the touring party of 15 players that will travel to the UAE this weekend. The 15 traveling players are part of an 17-player squad that has been named today by the USA Women’s U19 National Selection Panel, two of whom are unable to travel due to schooling. Taranum Chopra and Lisa Ramjit were also selected for the tour but are not available due to school. The 17-player squad makes up the probable list of players who may be selected for the World Cup in January.
The tour of the UAE is a wonderful opportunity for both countries to get further game time and continue preparations with both sides having qualified for the inaugural ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup. USA Cricket would like to thank the Emirates Cricket Board for their role in helping to facilitate this tour, as well as all of the parents and volunteers who are making critical contributions to make this tour a reality.
The matches will all be played at the Ocean Fair Cricket Ground in Dubai Investment Park, and the ICC Academy in Dubai Sports City. The fifth and final match in the series will also be played under floodlights at the ICC Academy Ground.
USA Cricket Board Member and Women and Girls Committee Chair, Nadia Gruny said, “This UAE tour wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication of the girls themselves, the parents and the communities around them who are helping to support this preparatory tour. We will get brilliant training facilities and international game-time against a fine UAE Under 19s side also set to compete in the upcoming Under 19 World Cup. We look forward to the cricket community’s support for not only our team but for the historic Under 19 World Cup in January which will be a game changer for women’s cricket globally.”
USA Women’s Head Coach, Shivnarine Chanderpaul said, “Building on the the tour of Trinidad for the Rising Stars T20 Championship, the home series vs West Indies in Florida in August, the Sistar Mortgage Regional and Nationals, and then the 5-day preparatory camp in Houston last month, we are seeing significant progress within the group. This tour will give the shortlisted players an opportunity to showcase the skills they’ve been working on as we narrow in on player roles for the team. We are looking forward to having the final squad for South Africa in a great place for January.”
Team USA Women’s U19 Squad
Geetika Kodali (Captain)
Anika Kolan (WK) (Vice Captain)
Pooja Ganesh (WK)
Sai Tanmayi Eyyunni
Head Coach: Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Team Manager: John Aaron
Team Analyst: Rohaan Gosala
Physio: Angela Mihyang Park
Selection Panel: Ritesh Kadu (Interim Chair), Jyotsna Patel, Deepali Rokade
MATCH SCHEDULE – all start times are local time
Monday, 21 November 2022: UAE U19 vs USA U19 – Oceans Fair Cricket Ground, 1pm start.
Tuesday, 22 November 2022: UAE U19 vs USA U19 – Oceans Fair Cricket Ground, 1pm start.
Thursday, 24 November 2022: UAE U19 vs USA U19 – Oceans Fair Cricket Ground, 1pm start.
Friday, 25 November 2022: UAE U19 vs USA U19 – ICC Academy, 10:30am start.
Saturday, 26 November 2022: UAE U19 vs USA U19 – ICC Academy, 7:30pm start.