The Bangladesh women's cricket team embarked on their Asian Games journey on Sunday night, having undergone a camp in Sylhet where fitness, apart from skills, was high on the agenda. The team left for China's Hangzhou and will play from the quarterfinal stage as one of the top-ranked ICC T20I outfits.
Bangladesh women's team are set to begin their preparation for the upcoming Asian Games in September as the Tigresses will be heading to Sylhet next Sunday to begin their fitness training.
Marufa Akter has emerged as the new sensation in Bangladesh women’s cricket team. The youngster from Nilphamari was instrumental behind the Tigresses’ maiden ODI win against India, picking up four wickets in the opening match of the three-match series recently. The 18-year-old pacer then held her nerve to defend three runs in the final over in the final ODI as Bangladesh tied the game and drew the series 1-1. Marufa spoke in detail to The Daily Star’s Mazhar Uddin, opening up about her bowling, life, future plans among many other topics during an exclusive interview, the excerpts of which are as follows:
Since acquiring the ODI status and stepping into the international scene in 2011, Bangladesh women’s team had their crowning achievement with the 2018 Asia Cup victory.
Fargana Hoque was about to check out from the team hotel on Sunday as she was heading to her hometown when a large number of photojournalists stopped her, requesting pictures.
According to Joty, the series has given Bangladesh women's cricket a respectful a step forward. The skipper said that the players were able to grab the spotlight – the spotlight that was never on them before.
Batting remains the biggest area of concern for Bangladesh as they will be eyeing to register their maiden ODI series win over India when the two sides will lock horns in the third and series-deciding ODI at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday.
Bangladesh restricted India to 95 for eight in 20 overs – India’s lowest score against the women in red and green – in the second T20I at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Tuesday.
Smriti Mandhana (38) and captain Harmanpreet Kaur (54 not out) stitched a 70-run third wicket partnership after an early hiccup as India cruised past Bangladesh’s meagre total of 114 with 22 balls to spare