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Emon confident of making place in WC

Women’s team leave for Zimbabwe

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 6 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Emon confident of making place in WC
Bangladesh National Women’s Team head coach AKM Mahmud Emon (second right), BCB Director and women’s wing Technical Director Khaled Mahmud Sujon (third right) and BCB Director and women’s wing Chairman Shafiul Alam Chowdhury Nadel (fifth left) are seen during a training session recently. BCB PHOTO

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Bangladesh national women team’s newly appointed head coach AKM Mahmud Emon expressed his confidence in overcoming the ICC World Cup Qualifier hurdle and making their maiden appearance in the global event.

Bangladesh departed for Harare on Friday to take part in the qualifier event where they will face Pakistan on November 21 before taking on USA, Thailand and hosts Zimbabwe on November 23, 25 and 29 respectively.

Ahead of the qualifier, Bangladesh are scheduled to play a three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe respectively on November 11, 13 and 15 as part of their preparation for the qualifier considering they have not played any ODI since they toured Pakistan in 2019.

“We are in good shape and we had a good preparation camp recently,” Emon told The Daily Sun on Friday. “We are thankful to the BCB for giving us to play three ODIs against Zimbabwe before the World Cup and I’m sure it will help us a lot in the tournament,” he said.

“If we can maintain the rhythm, we will qualify for the World Cup as the qualifier champions,” he added.

Emon added that although the team didn’t play any ODI in the last two years, they played quite a lot of matches among themselves in the same period which made them understand better about the match situations.

“During the final preparation camp in Dhaka, we played four matches at ULAB playground. The wicket was pretty good at ULAB and the girls had a good batting practice there,” he said.

“We had some lacking in our batting but after playing in practice games they were able to overcome the lacking,” he said, adding that uncapped left-arm pacer Fariha Islam Trisna can be a trump card for them in the tournament.

“I have been working with the women’s team since January and Trisna is one of the new faces who have been with us since then.

“She was adjudged the player of the tournament in the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games. She also impressed against the South Africa Emerging team. “We are hopeful with her ability to swing balls. She is a different bowler in the women’s team. She could be effective in Zimbabwe. The way she has been groomed and considering her recent performance we have a different game plan with her,” he said, adding that he is also confident that the newly appointed skipper Nigar Sultana Joty can leave her mark in the tournament.

“Her (Joty) main strength is that she can perform well under captaincy pressure. She is one of the best batters at this moment and she has the main responsibility to lead the team from the front,” Emon concluded.