Thailand Women’s Cricket team captain Sornnarin Tippoch believes that the country’s maiden appearance in an ICC World Cup event will inspire a new generation of cricketers in Thailand. They become the first ever country from the South East Asian region to be competing at a global tournament.
Thailand squad have done all that is possible to get ready for the World Cup, with tours of Australia in Dec 2019, where they played games against the likes of ACT Meteors, NSW Breakers, and Queensland Fire XIs and a tour of India in Jan 2020, where they played against two sides from BCCI and Bangladesh national squad in Patna, Bihar.
Thailand will have tough challenges in Group B, which consist’s of former World Cup champions in England and the West Indies, along with South Africa and Pakistan. But for a team, which have achieved the WT20I record of 17 successive victories from Jul 2018 to Aug 2019, and having the caliber of players such as Natthakan Chantam, Naruemol Chaiwai and ICC Women’s 2019 Emerging Player of the Year Chanida Sutthiruang, the challenge will be a small step, which will help them in achieving far more bigger goals in the future.
Tippoch knows well that performances and exposure at the T20 World Cup will be crucial, when Thailand takes part in the Qualifiers for 2021 Women’s World Cup in Sri Lanka.
“Whatever happens in this tournament, it is going to be a great experience for us which we can hope to build on in the future. We are playing against players that we have admired watching for many years and we want to be able to enjoy that experience.
Over the years, we have shown our unity and adaptability to situations to be one of the biggest strengths in our team, and we want to be able to do that again in Australia. If we do that, then we believe we can attain our aim of winning one or two games and being able to demonstrate a good brand of cricket for all the fans to see” Tippoch said.
Thailand Women Women’s T20 World Cup Group Stage Schedule (timings local)
22nd Feb 2020: Thailand Women vs West Indies Women @WACA, Perth @2:00pm
26th Feb 2020: Thailand Women vs England Women @Manuka Oval, Canberra @2:00pm
28th Feb 2020: Thailand Women vs South Africa Women @Manuka Oval, Canberra @2:00pm
03rd Mar 2020: Thailand Women vs Pakistan Women @Sydney Showground, Sydney @2:00pm