Joty and Co focus on T20 with World Cup qualifiers in sight

Bangladesh captain Nigar Sultana Joty. Photo: Facebook

Following a noteworthy campaign in their maiden ICC Women's ODI World Cup earlier this year, Bangladesh women's cricket team are now shifting their focus on the shortest format of the game as they look to prepare for the T20 World Cup qualifiers, scheduled to be held in Dubai in September.

"We are now practicing keeping the T20 format in our minds," Bangladesh skipper Nigar Sultana Joty informed The Daily Star.  

"Many of us haven't played due to recent vacations, so we will prioritise fitness and the usual. And since we have a busy schedule ahead of us, we will be focusing on regaining our fitness till August 9," she added.

While the women's National Cricket League (NCL) is about to start next month, Joty hinted the tournament may take place in T20 format to get the Tigresses better prepared for the World Cup qualifiers later this year.

"We will play NCL next month with the T20 World Cup qualifier and Asia Cup in sight. As far as I have heard, NCL can be organised in a T20 format so that we can have proper preparations for the World Cup qualifiers, which will take place later this year in Dubai. The decision, however, is yet to be finalised," she concluded.