Women’s cricket fails T20 place

FIJI Women’s cricket’s bronze medal placing in the Pacific Games was not enough to earn them a spot in the International Cricket Council Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifiers.

The Pacific Games served as the qualifying tournament from the Pacific region whereby the top two earn a spot in the World T20 tournament in Thailand from November 28 – December 5th with Samoa and Papua New Guinea qualifying.

Cricket Fiji Development manager and section manager to the Pacific Games Saiasi Fuli, said while the team ended on a positive note at PNG, the team lacked the experience that other teams possessed.

“We started off late last year in introducing the secondary school competition but most of the students pulled out because of studies this year so the team were comprised mostly of our development officers and some were secondary school students that made up the core of the squad.”

“The last thing that all the teams that competed in this Pacific games, they prepared well for the past few years, especially Samoa and PNG, so they had an advantage.

“It was a big task for our girls, we’ve managed to build that strong combination and how well they can adapt to the games and the environment and we came back with that bronze medal,” he said.

As they look forward to prepare for a much more positive outing in the next regional games in Tonga, Fuli said they started a talent identification system whereby thirty players were selected from the U14,16 and 18 grades who would then develop to form core of the squad to Nukualofa.

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