Bangladesh Cricket Board’s lack of attention on women’s cricket post the COVID-19 break frustrated the female cricketers as they were still unsure when they would get to join their male counterparts at the training ground and resume cricketing activities.
In July, BCB opened up four of its facilities for men’s national team cricketers to train individually but the same opportunity was not given to the women’s team players.
The board has also been vocal about its attempts of getting the Tigers back in international cricket by rescheduling the postponed Sri Lanka series in September-October but no such measures regarding the women’s team were visible.
After the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup ended in March, the women’s team was supposed to tour Sri Lanka to take part in the 2021 World Cup qualifier in July but the competition got postponed for the pandemic.
The women’s team was also without a coach after the departure of Anju Jain post the dismal Twenty20 World Cup campaign in Australia and the process for forming the first-ever Women’s Under-19 was also on hold.
Bangladesh all-rounder Rumana Ahmed feared the current stagnant phase of women’s cricket might increase their gap with men’s cricket even further.
‘Talks of men’s teams tour for Sri Lanka is on, even their training might start in coming days. When we asked the officials [about training], they used to say after Eid. We are not getting any clear indication about how our activities will resume,’ Rumana told New Age.
BCB women’s wing in charge Towhid Mahmood told New Age that they have plans of starting the individual training of cricketers soon but he couldn’t give much hope about resuming international cricket.
‘In England, men’s cricket has begun. We have to wait and see. Every time things are getting pushed back by a month, so it’s very hard to say,’ Towhid said.
Chairman of women’s wing Shafiul Alam also told New Age that no headway was made to find the Anju’s replacement, as everything was on a limbo due to the pandemic.
The women’s cricketers officially may have not begun training but a number of them have already taken the onus on themselves and started practicing.
Rumana began training at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna even before the men’s cricketers and a few of her team-mates, including Twenty20 captain Salma Khatun, were aiming to join her this month.
‘I started Individual training before them [men’s cricketers]. I did it early in the morning. I used to finish my routine before their time-slot. I also brought home some gym equipment for weight training,’ said Rumana.
‘We were supposed to start individual training after Eid. As many of the women’s team players live in Khulna, like Sharmin Akter, Ayesha Rahman and Rumana, we had talked among ourselves earlier about training. As there is no call up from Dhaka, we will train here,’ Salma told New Age.
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