Abtaha Maqsood, Hannah Rainey and Becky Glen have been selected to join the Women’s Global Development Squad during a one-week tour of England.
The programme, in its third season, aims to provide exposure to players from outside the higher ranked countries and improve the standard of the women’s game.
This summer’s tour will provide six T20 fixtures in total against Southern Vipers, Surrey Stars and England Women’s Academy.
Hannah Rainey said: “I’m really excited to be involved in the Women’s Global Development Squad. It’s a great opportunity to learn from players for other countries and I’m looking forward to playing against high profile cricketers and challenging myself.”
13 players from seven countries are featured in the WGDS, with Scotland the most represented.
WGDS squad: Javeria Khan (Pakistan, captain), Jahanara Alam, Fargana Hoque (both Bangladesh), Christina Gough (Germany), Celeste Raack (Ireland), Denise van Deventer (Netherlands), Brenda Tau, Ravini Oa (both PNG), Abtaha Maqsood, Hannah Rainey, Becky Glen (all Scotland), Sugetha Kalyanaraman Chandhrasekar (USA). Coach: Michael Ndiko (Uganda); Mentor coach: Laura Macleod (England).
Holly Colvin, ICC Women’s Cricket Manager, said: “The Women’s Global Development squads play a key role in the spread of the game.
“They enable high-performing players from outside the top eight teams to develop their skills and bridge the gap with leading players of the generation.
“The ICC Women’s Championship has enriched the quality of the game for the eight leading teams and it is important that we now bridge the gap between them and the next best teams.”
Monday, 29 July: WGDS vs England Women’s Academy (10:30 and 13:30) – Cranleigh CC, Surrey
Wednesday, 31 July: WGDS vs Southern Vipers (10:30), WGDS v Surrey Stars (13:30) – Aldershot CC, Hampshire
Friday, 2 August: WGDS vs Surrey Stars (10:30), WGDS v Southern Vipers (13:30) – New Malden, Surrey
We wish Abtaha, Hannah and Becky all the best for the upcoming edition of the programme.