Chosen by a select group of experts,* the team was selected for its suitability for Bangladesh conditions and on the basis of performances in the tournament only. Statistics were used but were not the sole basis for selections.
In all, two players from champion Australia were selected, while runner-up England had four representatives in the side. The team also features two players from West Indies, and one player each from Bangladesh, India and New Zealand.
Commenting on the side, chairman of the independent jury and member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, David Boon, said: “This year’s tournament again demonstrated the incredible depth of talent across women’s cricket. Selecting one team of 11 players was a tough task as we saw standout performances from many players.
“The selection criteria are the performances of players in the conditions here in Bangladesh during the ICC World Twenty20 2014, so some of the world’s best players had to be left out.
“The side reflects the effectiveness of bowlers throughout the tournament, with four specialist bowlers, including Bangladesh spinner Salma Khatun, as well as four all-rounders and three specialist batters who have performed consistently throughout the tournament.”
ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 Women’s Team of the Tournament (in batting order):
· Suzie Bates (New Zealand) – 228 runs, five wickets
· Charlotte Edwards (England - captain) – 200 runs
· Meg Lanning (Australia) – 257 runs
· Sarah Taylor (England - wicketkeeper) – 150 runs, six dismissals
· Stafanie Taylor (West Indies) – 153 runs, one wicket
· Deandra Dottin (West Indies) – 147 runs, four wickets
· Ellyse Perry (Australia) –106 runs, eight wickets
· Natalie Sciver (England) – 10 wickets
· Salma Khatun (Bangladesh) – eight wickets
· Poonam Yadav (India) – eight wickets
· Anya Shrubsole (England) – 12 wickets
· 12th Player: Shabnim Ismail (South Africa) – seven wickets
*David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees was the chairman of the independent jury that selected the Men’s Player of the Tournament. Other members of the panel included Marais Erasmus of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, ex-England captain Nasser Hussain, former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop and Utpal Shuvro, one of Bangladesh’s senior-most cricket correspondents.