Tuesday, 19 October, 2021

Rumana sets eye on 50-over WC berth

Rumana sets eye on 50-over WC berth

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Bangladesh women’s national cricket team ODI skipper Rumana Ahmed expressed her confidence in making their place in the main event of ICC Women’s World Cup in New Zealand next year by putting up a good show in the tournament’s qualifiers in Zimbabwe.

The Tigresses, who featured during the last three editions of ICC Women’s World T20, are yet to book their place in the 50-over global tournament as they finished fifth in the two qualifying events in 2011 and 2017 respectively.

The reigning Asia Cup champions (in T20 format) will take part in the 10-team Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe from November 21 to December 5 and the top three teams from the event will join five other teams in the main event of the 50-over World Cup in New Zealand.

The 10 teams vying for the three World Cup spots include Pakistan, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Ireland - and the five regional qualifiers who won their respective competitions in 2019 alongside Bangladesh.

Hosts Zimbabwe are the Africa regional qualifiers, Thailand are from Asia, Papua New Guinea represent Asia East-Pacific, Netherlands are the European winners and the United States of America will play as Americas champions.

“We had a very good camp and we are preparing very hard to earn a spot in the World Cup and that is our first goal at the moment,” Rumana told The Daily Sun on Saturday.

“We are confident to reach our goal as we feel that if we can execute our plans in the middle we will be able to achieve success,” she said.

Bangladesh women’s team is currently enjoying a 10-day break following their skills-and-fitness camp at the BKSP in Savar where a total of 60 women cricketers honed their skills.

The camp began on August 14 and ran in two phases under the watchful eyes of Wahidul Gani, Dipu Roy, Ruhul Amin, Faruque, Shanu and Emon, who had prior experience of working with women cricketers in Bangladesh.

The camp ended with a four-team- 50-over tournament - featuring all the leading female cricketers of the country.

Bangladesh are set to play a three-match ODI series against hosts Zimbabwe in November before the two sides enter the bio-bubble for the qualifying event to be played in the African nation.

The bilateral series will also be Bangladesh’s first international assignment since the T20 World Cup held in Australia in February-March last year while Bangladesh last played a WODI in November 2019.

Bangladesh also have the chance to book their place in the next ICC Women’s Championship along as the top five from the qualifying event will qualify for the next cycle of the Championship.

The ICC increased the number of teams in the third cycle of the IWC from eight to 10. Bangladesh, who are currently ranked eighth in the ODI team rankings, were not part of the previous IWC cycles.

“Look we will be going to Zimbabwe earlier and expected to have a camp as well. The three ODIs are part of the preparation for the qualifiers and we’re not thinking anything else apart but booking our berth in the next World Cup,” said Rumana.

“If we fail to achieve it then obviously our next target will be making sure we are among the top five so that we can get included in the IWC cycles as that will make sure we will be able to play a lot more international matches than what we play at the moment,” she added.