ICC Women’s T20 World Cup

Bangladesh begin campaign against India today

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:25, Feb 23,2020


Bangladesh women’s cricket team players are seen during a training session at the Murdoch University Ground in Perth on Sunday. — BCB photo

Bangladesh women’s cricket team will begin their ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup campaign today against India in their Group A match at the WACA in Perth, Australia with hopes of ending their losing streak in the tournament. 

The match will begin at 5:00pm Bangladesh Standard Time and will be telecast live by Star Sports 2.

In their three previous participation in the tournament, Bangladesh have managed to win only once, which came in 2014 against Sri Lanka at home.

Expectations were high in 2018, when they arrived at the tournament after winning the Asia Cup, but ended up losing all of their matches in West Indies.

To end their dud in the tournament, Bangladesh Cricket Board sent the women’s team to Australia on February 3, two weeks prior to the ICC mandated date, and skipper Salma Khatun was very pleased with this extended practice period.

‘The entire team is in a good state right now. We have had an excellent preparation and we have acclimatised ourselves with both the weather and playing conditions,’ Salma told reporter on Sunday in a pre-match press conference in Perth.

Salma’s team was yet to lose a match since arriving in Australia, beating a local team in a practice match before defeating Pakistan by five runs on their final warm-up game in Brisbane on Thursday.

Salma now hoped that this momentum will carry onto the tournament proper.

‘We are enjoying ourselves here. We have been playing well here. Hopefully, in the main tournament we will also perform,’ Salma said.

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