Women’s World Cup Cricket: Bangladesh to start gearing up from Thursday

Bangladesh Women’s Cricket team are set to start their preparation camp for next year’s Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia from Thursday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

The team have to play a qualifying tournament in Scotland from August 31 to September 7.

The Tigresses have not played any international games this year. So with this tournament in Scotland, the team will be back to international cricket.

“The qualifying event of the next Women’s T20 World Cup will be played in Scotland. We have to play well in this tournament in order to get a place in the main World Cup in Australia,” Nazmul Abedeen Fahim, the mentor of Bangladesh women’s team, told the media on Wednesday at Sher-e-Bangla   Cricket Stadium.

“After the preparation camp in Bangladesh, we will have a 10-day practice camp in the Netherlands, where we will play four practice games as well,” Nazmul added.

Till date, Bangladesh women’s team played 58 T20 matches so far and won only 17 of them. However the team are the reigning Asian champions having won the 7th edition of the  ACC Women’s Asia Cup in 2018 in Malaysia.

“We don’t have quality hitters in the team who can do better in T20 cricket. Usually, we play 50-overs cricket in the domestic circuit. So it is really tough for us to find some batters who can maintain a strike-rate around 115-120,” Nazmul also said.

“But we are optimistic about a batter- Sobhana Mostari- who is yet to celebrate her 18th birthday. She has the tendency to bat in an aggressive manner. At the same time, we have Shamima Sultana and Aysha Akter who can hit for fours and sixes. But still, we have to find out more batters with more capabilities of hitting big shots,” he added.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will announce the 14-member national women’s squad soon. Nazmul said along with the experienced girls, BCB will call up young girls who have impressed in recent past in the domestic circuit and age-level cricket.