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16 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Women’s cricket team leaves to play World T20 qualifiers in Scotland

BSS, Dhaka
Women’s cricket team leaves to play World T20 qualifiers in Scotland
Bangladesh women’s cricket team poses for a photograph at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital yesterday before flying to Netherlands on way to Scotland to play World Women’s T20 qualifiers. BCB Photo

With an aim to earn the ticket for the ICC Women’s World T20 to be held in Australia in 2020, Bangladesh women’s cricket team left the country yesterday.

The Tigress will firstly reach Netherlands as they are scheduled to play four matches as part of their preparation here. Then they will travel to Scotland on August 27 for the ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2019 scheduled to be held from August 31 to September 7 in Scotland.

Two finalists of the Qualifiers will progress to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup-2020 in Australia. Bangladesh, who is the defending champions at the qualifying tournament, will start their campaign against Papua New Guinea on the opening day on August 31.

The Women’s team so far took part in the World T20 three times in 2014, 2016 and 2018, but came up with abysmal performance with one victory to show in these three tournaments.

Especially, in the last tournament in 2018, Bangladesh’s female cricketers’ performance was disappointing considering the fact that the Women’s team came up to play the 2018 World T20 by winning the Asia Cup, beating teams like India twice in group and final stages.

Bangladesh national women’s cricket team head coach Anju Jain said they need to win more matches to make their presence felt and they are looking forward to go in that direction from the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers. According to Anju, Tigress seemed to be more determined than before as they are quite shocked with the way they played in the last edition of World Cup and as a result they are keen to show their killing instinct from the very beginning of their campaign.

”It’s disappointing the way we’ve played in the 2018 World Cup for sure but I think that had worked into the girl’s mind also. Now they really want to work harder than ever and that’s what we are doing this season,” Anju

told the reporters yesterday.

Captain Salma Khatun was also quite confident that they would be able to turn the table this time around.

“We are hopeful that we can become champions in Qualifiers again to make the cut in the T20 World Cup. And this time we are determined of winning some matches in the World Cup too. The girls are ready to materialise the dream,” Salma said. Coach Anju Jain said they want to gain the confidence and momentum by winning matches as much as it is possible. ”But until we start winning more matches, it’s not going to solve the purpose for us. This year the target is to win more number of games from the qualifying round. Our first target is to qualify and then we’ll start again and go series by series,” she added.

“It’s always good to play more international cricket, but our target is now to qualify first then we will start progressing to the World Cup. In the qualifier, we’ve to be at our best in all three departments and that’s what we’ve been working on. Since T20 is an unpredictable format we won’t take any side lightly and we’ll keep going with the same approach,” she added.

All-rounder Rumana Ahmed would not be able to play in the qualifiers due to knee injury but they have got players to fill her void, according to Anju.

 

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