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“England Captain Leaves Selection Door Ajar for T20 World Cup Build-Up”

Heather Knight is encouraging domestic players to seize the opportunity to showcase their talent and stake their claim for a spot in England’s squad for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2024, scheduled to be held in Bangladesh later this year.

The English cricket season kicks off with the 50-over Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy on Saturday, 21 April, providing domestic players with a platform to impress and potentially earn selection for the T20 World Cup squad.

Knight emphasized that performance in domestic competitions holds significant weight in selection considerations. “It’s never a closed door if people are performing well,” she remarked at ECB’s launch of a national tape-ball competition. “The standard of those regional games has gone through the roof in the last couple of years, so those performances are worth more. It’s a really exciting time, and obviously, we’ve got huge competition in the squad as well.”

England demonstrated their depth by fielding alternate players during the series against New Zealand in March, securing a 4-1 victory in the absence of key players participating in the Women’s Premier League (WPL).

Knight emphasized her keenness to identify emerging talent in the domestic circuit. “You want to see England players go and dominate, and really put their name forward to keep being in that England side,” she explained. “It’ll be an individual basis as to who plays what. But I always keep a close eye on what’s going on, what young talent is coming through, and it’s going to be no different this year watching those games.”

Acknowledging the depth of talent available, Knight highlighted the challenge of selection amidst tough competition. “We’ve got a real depth of players we can pick from,” she noted. “It’s super exciting. It makes selection a lot tougher, and sometimes, you have more unhappy players – which is completely fine. It’s a really good place to be.”

With the T20 World Cup looming in October, Knight emphasized the importance of continuous progress and preparation. “With that World Cup in October, it’s really important that we keep moving forwards,” she stated. “Bangladesh is a tough place to go and play, so that’s the focus of the summer: trying to get in a really good place, ready for that tournament.”

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