Lack of games an issue for Bangladesh await uphill task

Winning the Under-19 World Cup title earlier this month has made big expectations a norm for cricket teams from Bangladesh. But closer to reality, the women's team cannot be expected to be world-beaters, not just yet. They have had a barren couple of years in terms of international experience, despite the high of beating India in the 2018 Asia Cup final, reports Cricinfo.

All Bangladesh teams have had this particular complaint - that once they are off the boil at the highest level, it takes them months to get back in the groove.  It will be the same uphill battle for the women's team who have mostly played against Thailand, Ireland, Netherlands, USA and PNG, apart from one tour to Pakistan last year.

Domestic cricket isn't also up to the mark, so even for senior players like Salma Khatun, Rumana Ahmed, Jahanara Alam and Panna Ghosh, the World T20 in Australia could to be a difficult task. 

The only saving grace may be a longish camp in Brisbane although some of it has been affected by rasin.

Squad: Salma Khatun (capt), Rumana Ahmed, Jahanara Alam, Shamima Sultana, Murshida Khatun, Ayasha Rahman, Nigar Sultana, Sanjida Islam, Khadija Tul Kubra, Panna Ghosh, Fargana Hoque, Nahida Akter, Fahima Khatun, Ritu Moni, Sobhana Mostary (Coach: Anju Jain)

Group fixtures

February 24: v India, Perth

February 27: v Australia, Canberra

February 29: v New Zealand, Melbourne

March 2: v Sri Lanka, Melbourne