THE battle of wits starts at the University Dar es Salaam and Annadil Burhani cricket grounds today as six African nations will be fighting for a single place in the 2014 T20 women's World Cup in Bangladesh.
South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, Namibia and hosts Tanzania will parade top class players for the 2012 Pepsi ICC Africa Regional T/20 Senior Women's World Cup Qualifiers.
And, the Local Organising Committee, coordinator Kazim Nasser told the 'Sunday News' all nations taking part in the qualifiers have arrived in Dar es Salaam by Saturday afternoon, with an exception of South Africa, who were set to jet in late in the evening of the same day.
Namibia arrived on Friday and was the first team to jet in Dar es Salaam ready for the qualifiers, while the remaining nations arrived yesterday. The national cricket team, which has been in camp for the last few weeks, was busy practising both indoors and outdoors at the Muhimbili Cricket Academy and Annadil Burhani grounds in Dar es Salaam ahead of the qualifiers.
The team is a blend of old and new players with the likes of skipper Monica Pascal, Hawa Salum, Mwanaidi Ibrahim, Hadija Nasibu and Saida Hamisi expected to fire the home ladies to success. The home ladies will launch their campaign against Uganda at the Annadil Burhani ground on Sunday in the afternoon.
South Africa will open their campaign on Sunday morning against Zimbabwe at the Annadil Burhani, while University of Dar es Salaam grounds will host the match between Kenya and Namibia. In the afternoon of the same day South Africa will have a duel against Namibia at the UDSM grounds.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA), Zully Rehemtullah said all matches to be played at Annadil Burhani will be broadcasted live on the Internet through the TCA website. Only one team will qualify for the world or global.
However, South Africa have been drafted into the fixtures but will play as a non-scoring side as they have already qualified for the Bangladesh showpiece courtesy of their superior ICC ranking. Ahead of the four -day qualifier Kenya Captain Emily Ruto said, "The girls are taking this as a war and we will fight to the end.
We will do our best to elevate Kenya cricket and improve on our past performance. We have to keep a straight mind, remain focused and not really think about the main picture. "Cricket is a technical game and one simple mistake could take you out, so we will take one bowl at a time." She said.