Rumana out of Tigresses T20 WC qualifier

Bangladesh Women have suffered a blow ahead of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 with all-rounder Rumana Ahmed ruled out of the tournament with injury, reports ICC.

Nazmul Abedeen, the Bangladesh Cricket Board's women’s wing manager, confirmed to media persons on Friday, 9 August, that Rumana was laid low by a knee injury.  

Rumana, 28, is second among Bangladesh's all-time Twenty20 International run-scorers (663) and top among wicket-takers (52), and has captained the squad. The leg-spinning all-rounder was one of two from her country that were a part of the Women's Big Bash League rookie programme in 2017-18. She was also named in the ICC Women's T20I Team of the Year in 2018.

''We cannot consider her for the World T20 qualifier as she is going through a recovery program and it will take quite some time for her to recover fully,'' Nazmul said. ''It is certainly a big loss considering she is an experienced cricketer and we will miss that experience in the middle."

Bangladesh are defending champions at the qualifying tournament, which takes place in Scotland from 31 August to 7 September.