The seventh edition of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup is scheduled to begin from 21 February 2020 in Australia. The World Cup will feature 10 teams, out of which 8 have qualified directly for the tournament whereas two other teams, Bangladesh and Thailand have qualified for the tournament via the 2019 ICC Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier.
Most of the teams have already declared their Women's T20 World Cup squads, and they have taken care to select the best possible team for the World Cup.
The title is currently held by Australia and the other teams such as India and England are strong contenders for the trophy. A total of 10 teams are participating in the tournament, with Thailand being the associate member of ICC which has gained an entry into the tournament after winning the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup Qualifiers.
The Indian team, which is a strong contender for the ICC Women's T20 World Cup this year shall be led by Harmanpreet Kaur and Taniya Bhatia will be keeping the wickets as the main wicket-keeper. The team also has the presence of Smriti Mandhana, Rajeshwari Gaekwad and Shikha Pandey amongst the players along with the youngsters such as Jemimah Rodriguez.
Amongst all the ICC Women's T20 World Cup teams, the Australian team will have the highest expectations from the fans since it will be defending the title and that too, at home. The team will be led by Meg Lanning and the team will have the presence of Nicola Carey and Alyssa Healy in the top order to boost up the batting line up. Beth Mooney and Megan Schutt have also been included in the squad for a stronger bowling line up.
The English Women's team will be led by Heather Knight and will be their first-ever tournament with a new coach. The team has 15 members including the wicket-keeper Amy Jones, Katherine Brunt, Sarah Glenn and Lauren Winfield. The team will play India and Australia prior to the World Cup.
The Pakistan Women's team was announced on 20 January 2020 for the ICC Women's T20 World Cup and shall be led by Bismah Maroof. Two of the senior players, i.e. Muneeba Amin and Aimen Anwar have been recalled for the tournament whereas only one uncapped player, Ayesha Naseem has been included in the 15 member squad.
The South African team will be led into the world cup by Dane van Niekerk who was out of action since February 2019 due to injury. However, she has been called back as the skipper to lead a team full of experienced players such as Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail and Marizanne Kapp into the World Cup in Australia. Dane had earlier a great Women's Big Bash League season where she had scored 125 runs and took 9 wickets in 11 matches of the tournament.
The West Indies cricket board has also declared the final squad for the ICC Women's T20 World Cup and Stafanie Taylor has been named as the captain of the team. However, along with lots of players, the team has one senior player who has been recalled after 12 years, i.e. Lee Ann Kirby who had played her last match in 2008.
The White Ferns have not made a lot of changes in their squad since their series against the Proteas Women. However, Lea Tahuhu has joined the team again and the team is being led by the all-rounder Sophie Devine. The team has two uncapped players, Jess Kerr and Lauren Down as well who might make their debuts in the World Cup.
The Sri Lanka Cricket has selected a 15 - member squad led by Chamari Atapattu to move into the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup. She shall be assisted by players such as Harshitha Madavi, Anushka Sanjeevani, Nilakshi De Silva and Sathya Sandeepani. Additionally, the board also has announced a 5 member standby squad.
The Bangladesh team will be led by Salma Khatun who has affirmed that the team is balanced and has adequate experience to walk into the World Cup. Also, the team has been strengthened by the return of Rumana Ahmed who has been made the vice captain of the team.
The Thailand Women's Team, which has won 17 matches in a row in 2019 has not undergone any major changes. The team for the world cup is almost the same as the one which had won the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Qualifiers. Sornnarin Tippoch has been named the skipper of the team and she'll be accompanied by Natalya Boochatham, Naruemol Chaiwai and Chanida Sutthiruang.