ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020: Bangladesh Team Preview
Bangladesh have not won a single match in the last two editions of the T20 World Cup and the Salma Khatun-led side promises to turn that around at the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020.
At a tender age of 22, wicketkeeper-batter Nigar Sultana is Bangladesh's second-highest T20I scorer with 744 runs. Sultana is the country's future, and the present. The most memorable knocks in her short but sparkling career have been her maiden international century against Maldives, in the team's first international tournament and a half-century against Pakistan last November.
With the ball, left-arm spinner Nahida Akter will be the one to watch out for. She shone at the T20 World Cup qualifiers last year, picking up 10 wickets to help Bangladesh earn a Women's T20 World Cup qualification. At just 19, she already has an international experience of over four years. During this period, she has bagged 49 wickets at 12.1.
Bangladesh were the last to announce their squad. Apart from the youth of Nigar Sultana and Nahida Akter, the onus will be on seasoned players like Salma Khatun, Rumana Ahmed, Jahanara Alam and Panna Ghosh.
Even among these names, the buck stops with captain Salma Khatun and seamer Jahanara Alam. The return of Rumana Ahmed will also come in handy for the team.
Bangladesh have mostly played against Thailand, Ireland, Netherlands, USA and PNG, apart from one tour to Pakistan last year and taking on the might of Australia, India and New Zealand will be a tough ask for the team. They would expect to at least beat an out-of-form Sri Lankan side.
Squad: Ayesha Rahman, Fahima Khatun, Fargana Hoque, Jahanara Alam, Khadija Tul Kubra, Murshida Khatun, Nahida Akhter, Nigar Sultana, Panna Ghosh, Ritu Moni, Rumana Ahmed (vc), Salma Khatun (c), Sanjida Islam, Shamima Sultana, Sobhana Mostary
Bangladesh were last part of the South Asian Games Women's cricket competition in 2019 where they participated alongside Sri Lanka, Nepal and Maldives. Out of their three games, Bangladesh won all of them and then beat Sri Lanka by a narrow margin in the finals to be crowned the champions.
Prior to that, they were whitewashed by Pakistan in a three-match T20I series. Their claim to fame in the last couple of years has been their win against India in the 2018 Asia Cup final.
Record in T20 World Cups
Bangladesh made their first Women's T20 World Cup appearance in the 2014 edition where they won one and lost three of their four league games. The team then won the ninth place playoff against Ireland by 17 runs.
Their next installment was worse with them failing to win even a single match in the league stage. In the last edition, the team suffered a similar fate with them returning back home winless.
Bangladesh are placed at the 9th spot in the ICC Women's T20I rankings. Among the participating teams, only Thailand are placed below them. The team is with 5641 points and 195 rating and is a good six points behind Sri Lanka.
Salma Khatun is the only Bangladesh player to find a place in any of the top 10 T20I rankings. She is placed at the sixth spot in the all-rounder rankings.
Salma Khatun - "We are targeting not to play in the qualifying matches anymore for Twenty20 World Cup. We needed to win maximum two matches and we are aiming for it before going to play in the World Cup. We are lagging a bit behind in our batting. We have some weakness in spin-balls. We have worked on this matter.
"We have practiced under machine and throw down. We also practiced against boys in the nets. Overall we have a good preparation. We are going there 13-days ahead of the tournament and I think the conditioning camp will help us a lot."
Prediction - Eliminated in Group stage
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