Canada Women will lock horns with USA in a three-match qualifying series at Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City, Ontario to grab a spot in the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier 2012.
Canada, by virtue of their win in the 2009 ICC America's Women's Championship qualified for this series and will be joined by runners-up, United States of America (USA).
Coach George Codrington believes the team is ready for the series: "We have had a good lead up with this week's training camp in Toronto, the girls have been training all spring and are ready for this challenge."
Chandra Gocool, Cricket Canada's CEO, recognized the growing importance of women's cricket: "Over the past few years we have stepped up our commitment to the women's programme and we have seen marked improvement at the highest levels. We are excited to see more and more women participating in cricket across the country in recent years. It is a positive sign for the future of the women's teams."
The full squad is as follows: Mona Persaud (captain), Kim Coulter, Nicole Gallagher, Helene Gaffney, Jennifer Gruno, Mahwish Khan, Monali Patel, Santhiya Rajaram, Kiran Samra, Natasha Springett, Suthershini Sivanantham, Sheryl Tittlemier, Mikaela Turik, Saniyah Zia, Vindhya Varanasi.
The tournament will also serve as a backdrop for a fundraiser for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Breast Cancer Network, both of whom will be receiving signed jerseys from the team to support fundraising auctions later this year. ICC Americas has also provided pink shirts for all the players and a donation to the CBCF to support this cause.