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Tigresses ready to take on Aussie Women

Published : 20 Mar 2024 09:18 PM

Hosts Bangladesh Women’s national Cricket team is ready for a crucial three-match ODI series against the defending world champions Australia, beginning at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Thursday.   

The hosts totally depend on spin. It would be perhaps a great challenge for the Tigresses in recent times at home.

In addition to three spinners Fahima Khatun, Shorna Akter and Rabeya Khan, chief selector of women’s wing of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Sazzad Ahmed said that spin could strengthen the team.

Tigresses have some happy memories of winning matches against India and Pakistan at home ground. They drew the ODI series 1-1 against Asian powerhouse India and clinched series win by 2-1 against Pakistan ODI in November 2023. 

Bangladesh women believe that they would be able to dominate over the world champion Aussie sides with spin. Usually, it becomes something difficult for the Australian or other oversease team to adapt with the sub-continent wickets. 

Bangladesh might be have better spin options than the visitors Assuie women team.  Nahida, one of the spin trio said, “We are aiming to dominate with our spin attack and as I think we have a strong spin department.”  

Tigresses will have a setback when they will miss veteran opener Shamima Sultana in the series due to injury.

The team is not concerned about Australia’s pace threat, as Murshida Khatun who socred runs against South African pace attacks in their condition, along with top order batters Fargana Haque and Subhana Mostary,  would be capable to face the situation at home conditions.

Australia, however, have the pace attack will be comprised with Ellyse Perry and Megan Schutt, while 25-year-old speedster Tayla Vlaeminck, may also get chance.

Australian team’s coach Shelley Nitschke said, “Vlaeminck really excited and looking forward and hopes seeing her in the playing squad.” 

Meanwhile, Australian national Women Cricket team is also being ensured the security as their men’s team was provided.