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Rubel Rana

Published:
2018-06-24 05:23:45 BdST

Women’s World Cup T20 mission


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Bangladesh women’s cricket team are all set to fly to Ireland in the early hour of Sunday (1:40am) to play a short series against Ireland ahead of their 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier.

As a part of preparation for the qualifier of the World T20, the Tigresses will play this pre-World Cup Qualifier series in Ireland in where they will play a three-match T20 series against their Irish counterparts.

The first match of the T20-series will be played at the YMCA Cricket Club ground on June 28. The second and third matches will be decided at the Malahide Cricket Club and Pembroke Cricket Club on June 29 and July 1 respectively.

The eight-team qualifying round for the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup will be held in Netherlands, the meet which will start in July 7.

Following the jaw-dropping and epoch-making success in the T20 Asia Cup in Malaysia, Bangladesh women’s cricket team has been preparing themselves for this new mission since the last two weeks.

This time the Bangladesh eves will fight in the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier in the Netherlands for ensuring their passport of the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup, which will be held in November in Caribbean Islands.

As soon as coming from the Eid vacation, they started honing their skills and techniques with the hopes of getting expected result from the showpiece event.

Last three days, they have held match-scenario practice at the BCB-National Cricket Academy (NCA) ground in Mirpur under the supervision of the newly-appointed high profile coaching staffs whose guidance helped Bangladesh lift their first-ever international trophy beating top-notch India and Pakistan.

Before flying to Ireland, Bangladesh T20 captain Salma Khatun said that they want to go in the main World T20 in West Indies by playing better cricket in qualifying round.

“We are, of course, hopeful of qualifying in the World Cup,” said Salma Khatun.

“We want to play World Cup. For this we have to perform in the qualifying round. We’ve come from Malaysia playing better brand of cricket in Asia Cup that boosted our confidence,” Salma told media. “

“We’ve held a 4-5 day intense practice session. We’ve tried to do as much as possible to fill the lacking what we have. We’ll go to Netherlands from Ireland. We’ll get to know about the wickets after going there. We’ve needed some more times to dovetail with the weather and condition. Overall, we hope to do well,” she added.

The experienced captain uttered cautiousness and said that they should not disregard their opponents.

“We should not underestimate whoever our opponents in the Qualifier. Sometimes the worst could be done with the minor team. I don’t think that we could do it there,” she said.

“We fought hard when we played against Thailand in Asia Cup in Malaysia. We’ll try to showcase the effort what we had in Asia Cup. We don’t disregard any team. Actually all teams of the meet are good as they have come here to play qualifying round,” she maintained.

Bangladesh have been clubbed in Group A with the hosts Netherlands, Papua New Guinea and United Arab Emirates, while Group B comprises of Ireland, Scotland, Thailand and Uganda. Each group champions will progress to the final round.

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