Unaware of the news that she was named in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year for 2023, Bangladesh spinner Nahida Akter yesterday was mourning the demise of her grandmother who passed away just a day ago.
A host of Bangladesh players were rewarded on the latest ICC rankings following historic win against South Africa.
The players and coaching staff also received bonuses based on the Pakistan series success.
Pakistan women's cricket team raced to a five-wicket win in the first ODI of the three-match series after bundling out Bangladesh for 81 runs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.
“I am very proud of the way we played today [Friday]. I think we deserve it. Each and every individual has worked very hard for this,” Nigar said in the post-match presentation.
The Nigar Sultana Joty-led side restricted Pakistan to 64 for 9 in 20 overs and then achieved the target with ten balls to spare to settle for a bronze at the Zhejiang University of Technology Pingfeng Cricket field.
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.
"It was a great match, a great experience. The way the girls fought; it was unbelievable. After the break, we were talking about the two ways the game would go - either we will go hard on them or they will. Nahida bowled really well. To all the bowlers, it was an excellent performance,” said Joty during post-match presentation
Fargana Hoque became the first Bangladeshi woman cricketer to score an ODI century during the third and final ODI against India at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.