Published: 18th February, 2014
Surrey all-rounder Natalie Sciver has been named in the England squad for next month’s ICC World T20 in Bangladesh.
Sciver, who has enjoyed a successful winter with England as they retained the Women’s Ashes in Australia, takes her place in the fifteen person squad that will travel looking to avenge their defeat to Australia in the final of the 2012 tournament in Sri Lanka.
England play their first game against the West Indies in Sylhet on March 24th before playing other group matches against India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. If they are successful in getting out of the group they will go straight to the semi-final, set for April 3rd in Mirpur and then potentially the final, three days later at the same venue.
Commenting on the squad, ECB Head of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said: “The depth of talent currently available within the England women’s high performance set-up is such that, despite the retirement of Arran Brindle and injuries to fast bowlers Katherine Brunt and Natasha Farrant, the selectors have still been able to pick a balanced squad for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
“We have opted for a mix of proven international performers such as Lydia Greenway and Sarah Taylor, alongside exciting fresh talents Jodie Dibble and Rebecca Grundy.
“It is a very exciting time for the England Women’s cricket team. The back-to-back Ashes triumphs, in addition to the news last week about the pay increases for the players, put us in a healthy position. I look forward to seeing what this group of players can achieve on the field in Bangladesh.”