Bangladesh women's cricket captain Rumana Ahmed was optimistic about their chances of getting a ticket to the qualifying round in Sri Lanka to ensure a place in the 2017 ICC World Cup.
A confident Rumana talked to reporters yesterday at Mirpur prior to their departure for Sri Lanka today and she said: “Bangladesh can dream for the best in the qualifying round. It's not like we did not win any matches against the teams we are going to play in Sri Lanka. We have some weaknesses but we won matches against them earlier and that's why we are confident about doing good. I can tell you the future will be better for us than the past.”
“We have specific plans for each team and we are confident that we can go ahead with our plans,” she added.
Bangladesh women's team has been placed in group B along with Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, South Africa and Scotland. They will play their first match against Papua New Guinea on February 7.
Bangladesh's main problem lies with their batting but Rumana said that they were trying to improve in their batting.
“There is no limit to learning. In this regard you can look at Sachin Tendulkar. We are trying to make improvements in our batting; now it's time to proven ourselves,” she said.
The event technical committee for the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier has approved the replacement of Fahima Khatun and Lata Mondal with Shaila Sharmin and Morsheda Khatun in the Bangladesh Women's Team. Fahima and Lata have been ruled out of the tournament due to injury.
Rumana Ahmed (captain), Fargana Hoque, Sanjida Islam, Jahanara Alam, Khadiza-Tul Kubra, Nigar Sultana (wicketkeeper), Panna Ghosh, Ritu Moni, Salma Khatun, Sarmin Sultana, Sharmin Akter, Suraya Azmin, Shaila Sharmin and Morsheda Khatun.