Bangladesh women cricket team BIOGRAPHY & MORE

Bangladesh Women's cricket team is nicknamed the Lady Tigers or the Tigresses.

Bangladesh women cricket team BIOGRAPHY & MORE

1/10th of the exhilarating action waiting to rock our TV screens during the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier later this month is going to be presented by the Bangladeshi tigresses who in recent years may not have embossed many but if you ask me, this sets the perfect platform for their comeback. In fact, the Bangladeshi team has proved to be impressive on several occasions, for instance when they broke their neighboring country, India’s winning streak in Asia Cup Finals in 2018, taking the cup home for the first time.

The existence of the Bangladesh cricket team dates back to 2007 when they made their international debut against Thailand and began on a high. However, it was only 4 years later, on 24th November 2011 that they were granted ODI status. This happened after they uprooted the USA by 9 wickets, finishing 5th in the 2011 Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier. Post this, they qualified for the 2014 Women’s T20 World Cup, making their first appearance in a top-class international event.

Having made their previous international appearance in the group stage of the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup last year against Sri Lanka which they, unfortunately, lost by 9 wickets, the tigresses are now gearing up to Play 3 Odls vs Zimbabwe, Consequently, they will kick off their campaign at the Qualifier Tournament against potential arch-rivals Pakistan. This will be a juicy challenge for the women in green as they will be playing their first ODI since 2019. So far, in their 38 ODIs, they have recorded just 9 wins with a win percentage of 23.7%.

The 31-year-old all-rounder from Khulna has been one of the most consistent inclusions of the team in recent times owing to her varied abilities. Though she doesn’t have a very effective batting record in ODIs averaging just 13.1 with a strike rate of 52.7 in 32 innings with her highest score being 75*, bowling point of view, she has been more worthy. She has bowled off-spin to pick 35 wickets in 33 innings with a praise-worthy economy of 3.65.

From Khulna again, Ahmed is also a right-handed all-rounder who bowls leg-spin. In 38 matches, she has scored 827 runs and picked 42 wickets and a strike rate and economy of 53.5 and 3.67 respectively. Subsequently, she has been a part of every match that Bangladesh has played since its international formation, hence bringing a considerable amount of experience, stability, and calmness to the team.

As mentioned before, Bangladesh has a winning ratio of even below ¼ placing them in one of the poorest performing nations in women’s cricket. A lot of this is due to a lack of proper management and very limited opportunities for upcoming players however, this does not mean that the nation is short of skill or expertise. Over the years, they have produced individual and team performances that have astounded their counterparts and cricket fans in general so, this qualifier truly allows them to do so again and embark on a journey to re-discover themselves as athletes.

Jahan Alam, Rumana Ahmed, Salma Khatun, Nigar Sultana, and Naheeda Akhtar are those few names in Bangladesh that are giving hope to the entire nation. Bangladesh has been a nation of crazy cricket followers. The followers are never bothered about right or wrong and always backing their cricket team. They have always showered love to its men cricketers. And now the girls are asking for the deserving support not only from their country but from the whole cricket fraternity around the globe.

You may call it a fairy-tale or a revolution in disguise, Salma and co. are constantly challenging the experts and creating records every alternate day. No one could expect them to win the Asia Cup and that too beating the six-time champion India. The journey became interesting when they defeated Pakistan and India earlier in the tournament. And then they convinced everyone with their triumph at the final that they are here to stay. It was Bangladesh women’s first-ever victory against India in any format. After ten consecutive losses against India in the last twenty 20 matches, it wasn’t easy to defeat the Indian cricket team.

The Tigresses still had a little to prove that being Asia champion wasn’t a fluke. So they didn’t stop. They continued to amaze everyone in a qualifier for the twenty 20 world cup that is going to be held in November 2018 in West Indies. Panna Ghosh showed her brilliance and expertise with a 5 wicket haul against Ireland in the qualifier final match against Ireland. She took 5 wickets just for 16 runs even after playing just one match in the preceding Asia Cup.

Their path was never easy. They have only a 20% winning percentage from the 35 One Day International they have played since 2010. Bangladesh Women’s team gained their ODI status in 2010 by beating the USA during the World Cup Qualifier in Bangladesh. In their first official ODI, they beat Ireland convincingly by the margin of 82 runs. Their performance improved in T20 with 17 wins out of 51 matches they have played however the more high-profile victories came recently in the last 2-3 months with Asia Cup and World T20 qualification.

It wasn’t easy to play cricket in a nation where females hardly get any recognition. Playing cricket is like ‘wasting talent’. But these girls never bothered because their love for cricket was genuine. Rumana Ahmed, Salma Khatun, and Jahanara Alam- these three players who have appeared in almost all the matches played by Bangladesh women’s cricket team and contributed as the strongest pillars.

In one interview Rumana mentioned how she started training much later after her school final examination. After losing their father at a young age with three siblings at home, nothing could really stop her to get training for cricket. Rumana Ahmed proved why her selection for WBBL in Australia was spot on! Her experience and skill helped Bangladesh to gain the much-awaited win over India and thus win the Asia Cup 2018.

The story is almost the same for Salma Khatun and Jahanara Alam. Ranked 10th in the T-20 international all-rounder list this year, Salma Khatun has always been one of the top all-rounders of the format. Watching her maternal uncles playing cricket in her childhood, she started loving the game and played whenever she got a chance. She, as expected was teased by neighbors for playing such a ‘boy game’. After her debut in 2006, she never looked back. The right-arm off-break bowler cum right-handed batter led Bangladesh to win the Asia cup recently.

Despite being discouraged by everyone around her, Jahanara Alam kept following her idol Mashrafe Mortaza. The right-arm medium-fast bowler dropper her school board examination for cricket. Recently Jahanara took the first-ever five-wicket haul in twenty 20 international cricket for her country.

One of the main pillars behind this rise of the tigresses has to be Anju Jain. Anju was a major contributor to the Indian women’s cricket team and led the team in the 2000 world cup to reach the final. She started her international coaching career with the Bangladesh team in May and in just a few days started to show a difference. Her faith in the team and strategy of taking one game at a time is what makes the tigresses roar. Not to forget valuable contributions from Assistant Coach Devika Palshikar and Physio Anuja Dalvi Pandit who are working tirelessly in a foreign land to ensure Bangladesh win every match.

On-field Bangladesh, the Women’s cricket team is doing everything right at the time. They just need to continue the momentum in the upcoming twenty 20 world cup. They also have to show some consistency in ODI as well. According to Anju Jain, the board is giving the required support. Funding is a problem but cannot be an excuse! By now we all know about Muslim Uddin, an assistant coach of Bogra Cricket Association who turned a toilet into his office and is running this camp for the last 11 years. Now it’s time for the nation to cheer for the girls off the field. Let’s not forget Bangladesh men’s cricket team has never won the Asia Cup. Let’s not get into argument about who deserves what and how much but it’s high time to awake and show faith to the women counterpart. Let the passion ignite because no matter what, the tigresses are here to stay and conquer!

We end this edition of players to watch out for with 22-year-old Nigar Sultana who is a wicket-keeper batter for Bangladesh. With a century to her name and 744 runs in just 48 T20I’s, Nigar is one of the best batters going around in this Bangladesh side and will be a highlight of this Bangladesh campaign in the upcoming world cup.

Bangladesh showered its women cricketers with cash rewards Tuesday for their upset triumph over India in the Asia Cup T20 tournament. The women's team defeated six-times champions India by three wickets in Sunday's final in Kuala Lumpur to claim their maiden title.

Bangladesh became the first side ever to beat India in the group phase of the tournament before repeating the feat in the tense final. The team returned late Monday to a heroes welcome. The Bangladesh Cricket Board announced a 20 million taka ($236,000) cash reward for the team and promised to review salaries."Each player will get one million takas ($14,800) as a cash reward," BCB spokesman Jalal Yunus told AFP on Tuesday. "About $75,000 will be shared by the coaching and management staff," he added."The BCB will review the salary and match fees of contracted women players this week," Yunus said. Currently, they earn a maximum of 30,000 takas ($445) each month plus $100 as a match fee for an international.

On their return, the women players were garlanded by a welcoming committee that included government officials and members of the Bangladesh men's team. A video of the male cricketers celebrating in the dressing room at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, after bowler Jahanara Alam hit the winning run, went viral on social media. Jahanara scored two runs off the final ball to take Bangladesh to 113-7 after Bangladesh restricted India to 112-9.

The Bangladesh national women’s cricket team has reached the ICC Women’s ODI Cricket World Cup for the first time.

More matches were scheduled to be played in Zimbabwe to determine the entrants in the 2022 tournament in New Zealand, but the ICC ended the qualifiers early due to concerns about the COVID-19 situation in Africa.

The qualification slots were decided by team ranking, meaning that Bangladesh, Pakistan, and the West Indies will progress, according to a statement from the ICC, says bdnews24.com. Sri Lanka and Ireland occupy the other two slots.

"We are incredibly disappointed to have to cancel the remainder of this event but with travel restrictions from a number of African countries being imposed at such short notice, there was a serious risk that teams would be unable to return home," said Chris Tetley, the ICC Head of Events.

"We have explored a number of options to allow us to complete the event but it isn’t feasible and we will fly the teams out of Zimbabwe as soon as possible. Bangladesh, Pakistan, and the West Indies will now qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 by virtue of their rankings, whilst Sri Lanka and Ireland will also join them in the next cycle of the ICC Women’s Championship," he added.

The Bangladesh team started well in the qualifiers, taking the first match against Pakistan by 3 wickets. They then thrashed the US by 270 runs, with Sharmin Akhter scoring Bangladesh’s first-ever century with the bat. But the team stumbled in their third game with a surprise loss to Thailand.

Zahid Maleque, Bangladesh health, and family welfare minister said on Saturday that the two women cricketers who arrived from Zimbabwe have tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

The new Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus is highly infectious and spreads faster than the delta variant. It was first discovered in South Africa in November and since then multiple countries have put travel bans on not only South Africa, but other African countries like Botswana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and likewise.

The ICC was forced to cancel the 2022 Women’s World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe which led to all the teams returning back to their home countries. The team was placed under institutional quarantine upon their arrival in Bangladesh while being regularly tested. The players continued to return negative tests before the confirmation of the two cases on December 6.

Zahid Maleque, Bangladesh health, and family welfare minister, on December 11 (Saturday), confirmed that two Bangladeshi women cricketers were found positive for the omicron Covid-19 variant. And he further stated that both the players have been placed in isolation immediately and will be kept under medical supervision, while the contact tracing is being carried out.

Before this, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) communicated that the national team’s quarantine was extended upon the discovery of two positive Covid-19 cases in the team that had returned to Dhaka on December 1.

The eight-team tournament, through which two participants will progress to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia, gets underway in Scotland on 31 August and Bangladesh, who are the defending champions in the qualifying tournament, will start their campaign against Papua New Guinea on an opening day.

Bangladesh Women Emerging vs South Africa Women Emerging 2nd ODD Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing XI, Pitch Report, Dream11 Team, Injury Update. Bangladesh Women Emerging and South Africa Women Emerging will play against each other for the second time in the five-match ODD series between them.

In that match, South Africa Women Emerging won the toss and was elected to field. Bangladesh put 196 runs on the board for the loss of 9 wickets at the end of 50 overs where Murshida Khatun scored 36 runs, Shamima Sultana smashed 34 runs and Fargana Hoque hammered 72 runs for them. South Africa Women Emerging managed to score 141 runs for the loss of all their wickets and ended up losing the game by 55 runs.

The Bangladesh Women’s cricket team created history when they defeated  India in the recently-concluded Asia Cup T20. Prior to the start of the tournament, it was clear that this would be a two-horse race between the India and Pakistan eves. However, there was a surprise when Bangladesh surprised one and all and secured the title after defeating the Indians in the final of the tournament.

Moreover, as far as the Bangladesh Cricket Board is concerned, there is the bumper prize money that has been distributed among the cricketers. Nazmul Hasan, the president of the BCB has announced prize money of 2 Crore Taka. Papon also added that the hard work for the side is something that certainly needs to be recognized.

“I cannot describe, in words, the joy we had on seeing them perform in this manner,” BCB President Nazmul Hasan told reporters. “They had worked really hard and their effort needs to be recognized. So we have decided to distribute Taka 2 Crores as prize money for the team,” he said.

Salma Khatun, the captain of the Bangladesh women’s cricket team came out and stated that this was indeed a naturally massive incentive for the team. She also added that the side now will be expected to perform a lot better for the overall development of women’s cricket in the country.

Farjana Hoque and Shamima Sultana have held together with the batting. Both batters have got two half-centuries this year, and between them have the top four individual scores for their country. They have also shown the ability to accelerate when needed. With Ayasha Rahman, Rumana, and Salma pitching in, the team has posted all their top eight highest totals this year.

Nine of Bangladesh’s 13 wins this year have come while chasing. They’ve shown an ability to hold their nerve and pace their chase, including, memorably, at the Asia Cup. They chased down a target of 142 in 19.4 overs for a seven-wicket win over India, for their highest total batting second, and second-highest total of all time. They also had last-ball wins against India and Ireland, and the confidence from that will be vital.
According to Jain, the players took a while to have faith in their ability to chase. “In the Asia Cup, we had a lot of discussions about it. These girls were always keen on batting first,” she said. “But we (support staff) said that in the shorter formats it’s always better to have a target. Bowling has been their strength, but we felt we had good batting too.”

The Indian cricket enthusiasts, as well as the local media, could not believe that women from Bangladesh would play cricket wearing protective gear in white trousers and shirts. The friendly match with the local all-women Indian cricket team was a soft launch. The crowd cheered in excitement as Bangladeshi women played at the 1864 cricket ground. While the tense organizers and team manager clenched their teeth, the players were active on the field.

Author Monowar Anis Khan Minu, the opening batswoman of Eden Gardens, meticulously penned the history of the women's cricket team in her book, written in Bangla. The book is adorned with rare pictures in both black and white and color photos, giving due credit to all who contributed to the development of the cricket team, training, and negotiating international matches. The book brings to life the struggle of women in cricket, the selection of cricketers, and the training and the formation of a national team.

The team was first formed in 2010 but disbanded in 2014. Days before preparing to take part in the first 2011 ACC Women’s Twenty20 in Kuwait, the team was forced to pull out. Women’s participation in cricket faced bitter opposition from male chauvinist Afghans.

Nevertheless, at the end of 2020, the Afghanistan Cricket Board showed courage by taking steps to offer contracts to 25 women players to be in the national women’s cricket team of Afghanistan. The Afghanistan Cricket Board is now pessimistic since the advance of Taliban authorities would block plans to keep a national women’s team.

Fortunately, the women’s national football team was safely rescued and flown to Australia. The women cricket players were grounded in Kabul. After the Taliban takeover, the militants said that they did not have a problem with the men’s cricket team. Obviously, women’s cricket in Afghanistan will be buried and forgotten.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has decided to pay a one-time allowance of 20,000 Taka to its women players to help them cope with the shutdown of all events due to the coronavirus pandemic.BCB President Nazmul Hassan, who is also a member of parliament, said the players need support given the current situation. The cricketers who will benefit are the ones who appeared in the 2018-19 women’s National Cricket League and have been in BCB’s selection camps in 2019-20. BDT 20,000 amounts to a little over Rs 17,000.“Just like their male counterparts, the majority of women cricketers also look towards domestic events for earnings. Besides, we had training camps scheduled for women players which have been hampered by the prevailing Covid-19 situation,” Hassan said in a press release.

Both the teams are coming into this match on the back of victories in their warm-up matches. Bangladesh Women won their warm-up game against Netherlands Women by a huge margin of 130 runs. Pakistan Women, on the other hand, thrashed Ireland Women in their warm-up game and would be looking to win this match and carry the momentum further.

Two members of the Bangladesh women's cricket team tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19 after returning home from Zimbabwe, the country's health and family welfare minister Zahid Maleque said on Saturday."It will take time to recover and according to the protocol we will keep them under watch for two weeks and they will be released after recovering fully," Cricbuzz quoted Maleque as saying."We are doing contact tracing and testing everyone who has come close to them," he added. Notably, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on December 6 extended the national women's team isolation after the two members had tested positive for COVID-19 after returning home from Zimbabwe.

The team had gone to Zimbabwe to participate in the ICC Women's World Cup 2022 qualifiers, which were canceled midway due to the outbreak of Omicron. Upon their return, the members of the women's team had to go through a quarantine after the Bangladesh government imposed new rules on travelers coming from the African nation, where several cases of Omicron variant of the Covid-19 had been detected. Meanwhile, BCB's women's wing chairman Nadel Chowdhury has said that the women's team, which was earlier expected to leave the team hotel on December 6, after completing their mandatory five-day quarantine will now have to complete a 14-day quarantine

Ahead of the tournament, Bangladesh’s coach, Anju Jain — who happens to be one of the prominent names in the Indian women’s cricket circuit — has set a few goals for the side. “We had set ourselves a few goals in the past few series and qualifiers. We are going with the same mindset here. It is going to be the same this time. The main thing will be to improve our game,” Jain told Sportstar from Guyana.

Jain, who has played a key role in bringing about a change in the Bangladesh team, also admits that the objective of the team is to have a top-four or top-six finish. “In that way, there will be no need to play any qualifiers from now on. That’s our target,” the coach pointed out.

Until a few years ago, Bangladesh beating India was unimaginable and now that this site has done the unthinkable, that too twice, Jain says the confidence has gone up. “It has given a lot of confidence to the girls. It is no longer about just participating in a tournament, it is about making your presence felt. After those two wins, the side is confident. The mindset is changing as they are confident of taking on any side,” the coach said.

The conditions in West Indies are quite similar to that of India and Bangladesh and Jain feels that the tracks will help the spinners. “For Bangladesh, we have night games, so the heat factor does not come into play, but yes, the dew is a major factor for us,” the former India cricketer said. But then, she admits that playing in the World Cup is a different challenge and it is necessary to build on the confidence. “The goal is to keep on improving. It is still a very young side, so they will keep learning and improving after every game. That’s what we will keep in mind.”

There has not been much of a change in terms of players, or the support staff; maintaining the ‘core’ has helped the team immensely. “We have been continuously playing for the last few months and have only got time to prepare in the last month and a half. The idea was to keep a short squad so that we can work on the players better and even they can get more clarity on their goals,” she said.

While Ritumani and Lata Mandal have made it to the squad for the World T20, the rest of the team remains the same as that of the Asia Cup. “The core remains the same for us and that should help us.”When Jain along with two other Indians — Devika Palshikar, the assistant coach, and Anuja Dalvi, the physiotherapist — took charge some six months ago, not many thought the team would go through a sea change.

The Bangladesh Women cricket team is nicknamed the Lady Tigers or the Tigresses. Bangladesh Women's Cricket Team made its international debut in 2007, against Thailand when they played and won two matches. Following their debut, they participated in the ACC's Women Tournament in 2007 and went on to lift the cup.

Bangladesh was granted the ODI status after beating the USA by 9 wickets in the 2011 Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifier. This achievement put them in the 9th position in ICC Women's Rankings. They played the making their first appearance at a top-level women's international tournament. Other than India, Bangladesh Women's National Cricket Team has been the only team to win an Asia Cup Title in 2018.

PLAYER ROLE STYLE AGE
Fargana Hoque Batsman Right Handed 29
Murshida Khatun Batsman Right Handed 22
Sharmin Akhter Batsman Right Handed 26
Rumana Ahmed All Rounder Right Handed 30
Sobhana Mostar Batsman Right Handed 20
Niger Sultana Wicketkeeper Right Handed 24
Shamima Sultana Wicketkeeper Right Handed 34
Salma Khatun Bowler Right Arm 31
Jahanara Alam Bowler Right Arm 29
Fahim Khatun Bowler Right Arm 29
Ritu Moni All Rounder Right Handed 29
Nahida Akter Bowler Left Arm 22
Lata Mondal All Rounder Right Handed 29
Fariha Trisna Bowler Left Arm 19
Suraiya Azmin Bowler Right Arm 22
Shanjida Akther Magha Bowler - -