Players and officials on Wednesday pleaded for more Twenty20 matches for Bangladesh national women’s team for their qualification chances in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
The International Cricket Council on Tuesday confirmed that women’s T20 cricket will be included in the next edition of Commonwealth Games, scheduled in between July 27 to August 7, 2022.
The decision made Bangladesh moved little as ICC said only eight top-ranked side would be included in the meet.
Bangladesh women’s team are currently ranked ninth women’s T20 rankings with 191 rating points, trailing eighth Sri Lanka by 14 points.
Bangladesh, who will leave Dhaka for Netherlands for a 10-day conditioning camp ahead of ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier in Scotland, however have time to improve their ranking provided they are given adequate number of matches, said the players and officials.
‘Our participation in Commonwealth Games totally depends on how many international matches we will play before the tournament,’ said BCB’s women’s cricket wing development manager Nazmul Abedin Fahim.
‘The forthcoming World Cup is very important for us. It will determine how many matches we will go to play against higher-ranked sides. Our performances in these matches will also determine our chances to play in the tournament.
‘We have to also win matches to add points to our tally and improve our rankings. For now what we need most is to give our players the chances of playing as many matches,’ he added.
The ICC was yet to announce the cut-off date for the qualification process in the tournament.
Bangladesh women’s team will play four practice matches in Netherlands – two against Thailand, and one each against Netherlands and Netherlands under-17 men’s team in their tour to that country.
They will arrive in Scotland for qualifiers on August 27 and will open their campaign with a match
against Papua New Guinea on the opening day of the tournament on August 31.
Pacer Jahanara Alam said they can confirm the qualification in Commonwealth Games if they can finish the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in top-eight.
‘If we want to play in the Commonwealth Games, we have to make sure we end the ICC T20 World Cup in top eight. I think we can do this in this T20 World Cup in Australia,’ Jahanara said.
‘If we can beat one or two sides, we can definitely finish in top eight. Then we can easily play in the Commonwealth Games,’ she added.
Cricket was last played in Commonwealth Games in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur when Bangladesh men’s team participated.
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