Cricket Association of Thailand (CAT) have announced the schedule of matches for the upcoming Thailand Women’s T20 Smash tournament, to be played from Jan 12th – 16th, 2018. All matches will be played at Terdthai Cricket Ground and Asian Institute of Technology ground. The tournament will be played with official T20I status with matches involving “Thailand A” exempted from the status.
Women’s team’s from Hong Kong, Indonesia, UAE, Bhutan, China, Myanmar, Nepal & Malaysia will join national squad of Thailand along with Thailand “A” team to form the 9-nation, 10-team International T20 tournament. Each matchday will see 4 games in play with 2 games in the morning session starting at 9:30am (Local) and the afternoon session games starting at 1:30pm (Local).
UAE, Nepal, China, Malaysia and Thailand A will be in Group A of the tournament while Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Bhutan and Myanmar will be in Group B. The group phase will be a single round-robin format followed by the semis and the finals. Top 2 from each group will qualify for the semi-finals while there will be play-off matches to determine till the 8th place for the tournament. The tournament will provide crucial match-time for the team’s as the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers (Asia Region) will be held in Feb 2019 in Thailand.
As announced originally, Namibia women’s squad would not be participating in the tournament as they will be hosting Zimbabwe women in a 5-match T20 International series at home and their place has been taken up by China.
Thailand and UAE are the strongly placed team’s in the tournament, having taken part in the 2018 ICC Women’s World T20 Global qualifiers held in Netherlands in Jul 2018. Indonesia Women’s squad were in Sri Lanka few months earlier along with their male counterparts and played a series of matches against local clubs. China Women were also involved in a 3-match T20I bi-lateral series against South Korea a few weeks ago.
2019 Thailand Smash T20 Schedule (In order of play: first 2 matches in morning session at 9:30am followed by the remaining 2 matches in the afternoon session at 1:30pm):
18th Jan 2019: Semifinal #1 ; A3 vs B4 ; Semifinal #2 ; A4 vs B3
19th Jan 2019: 3rd/4th play-off ; 5th/6th Play-off ; Final ; 7th/8th Play-off
ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings:
Thailand Women (12th with 146 Rating points)
UAE Women (14th with 120 Rating points)
Nepal Women (18th with 117 Rating points)
Hong Kong Women (21st with 81 Rating points)
Indonesia Women (22nd with 80 Rating points)
China Women (25th with 58 Rating points)
Malaysia Women (31st with 43 Rating points)