Bangladesh national women’s cricket team will leave for West Indies today with a hope of performing well in the sixth edition of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20, scheduled to start from November 9.
Bangladesh are placed in Group A, alongside England, South Africa and Sri Lanka and they will begin their campaign with the match against hosts West Indies on November 9 at Guyana.
‘All of them are very confident now. I hope that the World Cup will be a significant one for us,’ Bangladesh’s Indian coach Anju Jain told reporters at a press conference at Mirpur on Monday.
Bangladesh women’s team has already proved their worth as one of the top sides in the shortest format of the game by winning the last edition of Asia Cup in June.
In the tournament, they defeated tough opponents like India twice and Pakistan in one of the league games not only to bring the first multi-team cricket trophy for the country but also give a giant statement in their progress.
Their success in world cricket continued when they became unbeaten champions in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 qualifiers in Netherlands to make it to the main event for the third consecutive time.
Despite some recent failures against Pakistan in a three-match Twenty20 series, where they lost by 0-2, Bangladeshi camp was really charged up to provide their best performance in the global tournament.
‘The amount of talent the girls have I think they can be given more responsibilities. We are [the coaching staff] giving that to them in such way and they are also responding well… They know their work in different situation. Till now everything is going well,’ said coach Jain.
The unfamiliar conditions in the Caribbean could make the situation difficult for Bangladesh as they were yet to tour West Indies since they started playing professional cricket.
However, Bangladesh skipper Salma Khatun believed that they would be able to cope with the conditions as they were leaving for the West Indies two weeks before the tournament started.
‘We are going 10-12 days earlier to adjust with the conditions. The condition, weather and wickets are unfamiliar to us. As we are going early, I hope we will be able to cope up with these things,’ she said.
Bangladesh manager Nazmul Abedin said that the target of the team would be to prove their potential of performing well at the highest stage of the game.
‘If we can play competitively in each of the matches it will be a great for us. The most important thing would be to show the world that we can play well at this level. I think this will be a big target to fulfill for us,’ he said.
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