The first Women's Emerging Asia Cup is set to get underway in Colombo and all participants hailed the initiative by the Asian Cricket Council for providing an opportunity to showcase their skills. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will play each other in the four nation competition before the two teams that top the group playing the final at R. Premadasa Stadium on Sunday.

Women's cricket has received lot of prominence in the last decade and the objective of this event is to unearth talented young cricketers in the region.

“This is a big opportunity for young players. We are extremely thankful for the ACC for the opportunity. We have been training for six weeks and played some warm-up games too. We hope an international tournament of this nature will bring the best out of the players,” host captain Harshitha Madavi told reporters at the tournament launch in Colombo on Monday.

Indian skipper Devika Vaidya echoed similar sentiments. “We thank the ACC for organizing this event. This will be a great learning experience for all the players. We want to chase our dreams during the event,” she said.

“This is the first Emerging Asia Cup. This is a great initiative by the ACC. Before this tournament, we had an opportunity to showcase our skills in domestic cricket and earn a place in the senior side. Now we have been given a chance to test ourselves against international teams,” Pakistan skipper Rameen Shamim said.

“This is a fantastic effort by the ACC. I am sure this will help develop women's cricket in the region,” Shaila Sharmin, captain of Bangladesh side said.

Team Captains

Tournament Director Bandula Dissanayake thanked ACC for entrusting Sri Lanka in organizing the event.

“This is the second major event we are hosting this year. Early this year, we hosted the Under-19 Asia Cup. We would like to thank ACC for choosing us. Women's cricket has received a lot of prominence these days. Some of you might know that a women's Under-19 World Cup is scheduled for 2021. ICC is promoting women's cricket and we would like to thank the ACC for doing the same as well. The standard of women's cricket in this region is not so high compared to countries like England, Australia and New Zealand. Initiatives like these by the ACC will help us to bridge that gap.”

Sultan Rana, Manager – Events and Development, ACC hoped that the tournament will unearth some new talents.

“We at ACC are glad to take this initiative. This is a good opportunity for women's cricketers to prove their mettle and get into the senior side.

India will take on Bangladesh at Thurstan Grounds on Tuesday while Sri Lanka will play Pakistan at R. Premadasa Stadium in the opening encounters.

In the 15 member squad, 11 players need to have been born after 1st of September 1996 while four players can be over the age of 23. A maximum of three players over the age of 23 can only be part of the playing eleven.


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Filed October 21st, 2019