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Women’s team gear up for ICC T20

52Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) extended their outlook to the development of Bangladesh women’s cricket alongside men’s team and formulated a comprehensive but effectual plan for them.
The board arranged four home and away series for the eves team, which will be held before and after the upcoming ICC Women’s World Twenty20.
Prior to the World Twenty20, the board managed to arrange the home series against South Africa and Ireland as part of preparation. The eves team will play the qualifier of the World Twenty20 in Thailand at the fag end of November.
Before going to play the qualifier in Bangkok on November 26, they will play the home series against South Africa, who are slated to arrive in Dhaka on October 16 to play three ODIs and five-match Twenty20 international series. If they can earn the qualification of the World Twenty20 then they will play the second home series with Ireland. The series will end just one week prior to the start of World Twenty20 hosted by India in March-April.
Even, the team has a proposed tour of Pakistan on August 31 though the bilateral series is yet to finalise. The board is actually waiting for the green signal from the government.
For the home series against the Proteas, the board meanwhile announced a 26-member Bangladesh provisionary squad with the blend of new and old guards, who started the first spell practice session from August 6 and that it will end on August 16.
The team has been doing fitness training alongside yoga at BCB gym under the guidance of the head coach Janak Champika Gamage. They are also running along with stretching at National Cricket Academy ground.
With two-day break, the second spell will start on August 19, where they will begin practice with willow and cherry. Thereafter, they will play a couple of practice matches, after which the selectors will sort out the final squad for the series.
Gamage is optimistic about his women’s team. Sri Lanka-born coach said that he has full-faith on them and the team has capability to play the showcase event. “I am hopeful of women’s team. They are talented. They have ability to play the mega event,” said Gamage yesterday.
“We want to move ahead by the strategy of match by match in the qualifier of the ICC World Twenty20. We want to qualify as the unbeaten Group-A champions from the qualifiers in Thailand,” the head coach said.