Cricket Fiji focus on 2020 women’s world competition

Bronze medal Fiji women's team at the 2015 Pacific Games. Picture: SUPPLIED

CRICKET Fiji will begin its preparations for the upcoming 2020 Women’s World T20 Qualifiers next year.

The Women’s Elite Player League will kick-start in Lautoka and will see the country’s top female cricketers compete in a three-day tournament in Lautoka and Suva before shifting focus to the Women’s National League in December.

Following the two tournaments, Cricket Fiji is expected to select an 18-member squad to prepare for the event with the inclusions of overseas based players expected to further strengthen the squad’s goal of qualifying.

Chairman Mosese Yavalanavanua was adamant the tournaments would revive the organisations push for success in next year’s T20 Qualifiers.

“Our National women’s side did exceptionally well in their last international event and won bronze at the 2015 Pacific Games after initially being ranked fourth and we’re looking forward to seeing the girls back in action,” he said.

The qualifiers will be Fiji’s first ever involvement in a Women’s World Cup Qualifying event with Pacific powerhouses PNG, Vanuatu and Samoa also expected to be involved with former region champions Japan competing as well.

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