Gamage Is New Coach Of Bangladesh Women

Bangladesh Women
Champika Gamage is the new coach of Bangladesh Women
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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have appointed former Sri Lankan international Champika Gamage as coach of the national women's team on a one-year contract.

Gamage, who played four One-Day Internationals for Sri Lanka in 1995, has spent a lot of time in Bangladesh, both as a player and coach.

He played in the Dhaka Premier League between 1987 and 2000 and returned in 2006 to coach Mohammedan.

"This is a country that holds magical memories for me," he said.

"I can speak the language and I have many friends in Bangladesh. I spent a significant portion of my career here playing club cricket. 

"When I was here it was early days for Bangladesh cricket and it was a chance for players like me to come and contribute to the development of the game.

"Now we can see the progress that has been made and I am really looking forward to making another contribution in taking women’s cricket forward."

Bangladesh recently hosted the ICC Women's World Twenty20, where the national team made its debut, where they won one group match, beating Sri Lanka by three runs before winning the ninth-place play-off against Ireland by 17 runs.

"The goal for me would be to try and improve our ICC ranking. I believe that with my local knowledge and coaching experience I will be able to make a positive impression," Gamage added.

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