Sarah Bryce (wicketkeeper-batter) and Katie McGill (seamer) have been selected as part of the ICC’s Women’s Global Development Squad to travel to Australia in October 2019.
Scotland assistant coach, Peter Ross, is also included as assistant coach to Sean Trouw of Netherlands.
The tour will see Bryce and McGill play against Women’s Big Bash League WBBL teams as well as form part of different WBBL squads for the first round tournament matches.
Sarah Bryce said: “This tour is going to be an extremely valuable experience as I’ll get to play against some of the best players in the world and also have the opportunity to play with, and learn from others from different cricketing cultures. It will be exciting to play with the Thai players who have just qualified for their first World Cup.
“Such tours help to continue the increase in standard of the teams just below the top eight as we can learn from players who have played at the top level. I hope to learn a lot from playing and being coached by different people. It is always exciting to play with people from different cultures.”
The programmes aims to enhance the development of talented female cricketers in countries outside of the leading teams in world cricket. ICC Women’s Cricket Manager Holly Colvin feels the WGDS squads play a vital role in improving the standard of the women’s game, which is at a key juncture.
Holly Colvin: “The women’s game has caught the imagination of fans in recent years and it is important that we provide opportunities for players and coaches outside of the leading teams to learn from world-class players and test themselves against the best. The WGDS is a great way to develop this talent pool and we are really looking forward to more such initiatives.
“The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 is just over four months away, so it is exciting that these players have the chance to play in Australian conditions, some for the first time, particularly the Thailand players having qualified for a global event for the first time. I’m confident Bismah’s leadership and the opportunity of playing against quality opposition will help them improve as players.”
The WGDS squad:
Bismah Maroof (captain, Pakistan), Rumana Ahmed, Nigar Sultana Joty (Bangladesh), Ni Made Putri Suwandewi (Indonesia), Lara Martiz (Ireland), Hannah Rowe (New Zealand), Kaia Arua, Tanya Ruma (Papua New Guinea), Katie McGill, Sarah Bryce (Scotland), Sornnarin Tippoch, Suleeporn Laomi, Naruemol Chaiwai (Thailand), Sean Trouw (Head Coach – Netherlands), Peter Ross (Assistant Coach – Scotland)
Fixtures (all T20s):
Wednesday, 9 October:WGDS v Melbourne Renegades/Melbourne Stars Combined XI
Thursday, 10 October:WGDS v Strikers; WGDS v Melbourne Renegades/Melbourne Stars Combined XI
Friday, 11 October:WGDS v Adelaide Strikers
Sunday, 13 October:WGDS v Hobart Hurricanes/Tasmanian Tigers Combined XI
Monday, 14 October:WGDS v Hobart Hurricanes/Tasmanian Tigers Combined XI