The Women’s World Twenty20 is scheduled to be held from 15 March to 3 April 2016, featuring 10 teams with matches contested in 8 cities. Cute after becoming the proud official sponsor of Bangladesh Women’s Cricket Team, handed over the jersey to the cricketers. Led by JahanaraAlam, the team has already started showing their good performance in the fifth ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament, taking place in India.
The match will run simultaneously with the men’s tournament, also being held in India. KaziRajib Uddin Ahmed Chapol, chairman of Mousumi Industries Limited said, ‘This occasion is a historic day for us, a day to celebrate our partnership with Bangladesh Women Team through this lively new jersey. They will represent the country wearing this energetic new jersey at the international level. We wish Bangladesh national women Team a continued success and another exciting season of cricket for Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).’
Bangladesh Women T20 Squad, 2016
- JahanaraAlam (Captain)
- Ritu Moni
- Panna Ghosh
- Farzana Haque
- Khadija Tul Kubra
- Rumana Ahmed
- Salma Khatun
- Fahima Khatun
- Shaila Sharmin
- Sanjida Islam
- Ayasha Rahman
- Nigar Sultana
For many players in the Bangladesh women’s cricket team, the visit to Bengaluru for the opening phase of their World T20 campaign has been an eye-opener. It is a rare exposure to a big city, where they have arrived with dreams of punching above their weight. The journey to India may have been short but they have taken a road less traveled by womenfolk of their country. Their path is dotted with social pressures and a lack of opportunities. But the JahanaraAlam-led side is determined to make a positive impression. Their first victory came on Saturday when they thumped Ireland by eight wickets in a warm-up game. It was sweet revenge against the Irish who had beaten them in the final of the qualifier for this tournament, in Thailand last year. With the first victory in the tournament, people are waiting eagerly to see what surprises our women team gave to us. People have believed that the women player will also show the world their potentiality and left a mark of their hard work in international tournaments like this.
With women’s sport still at a nascent stage in Bangladesh, each win matters for this team which earned its one-day debut in 2007. The team is a healthy mix of youth and experience. Its biggest strength is that the players back each other on the field and emotionally off it.
For FarganaHoque or Pinky, as she fondly called, the decision to pursue cricket changed the scenario at home. Pinky’s father strongly opposed her decision to become a sportsperson but her paternal grandmother came to her rescue. “We are four children and my father is a strict man. He didn’t like the idea of me playing the sport, particularly cricket which we played with boys. There used to be constant fights at home. But for my grandmother’s support I wouldn’t be here,” said the 21-year-old from Gaibandha district in northern Bangladesh.
The right-hand top-order bat, who has been an integral part of the national side since making her debut in 2011, said: “People added fuel to the fire saying a girl of marriageable age should be reined in. My teammates have been a huge source of comfort for me. Now my father is gradually accepting my choice of sport.”