The inaugural Under 19 T20 World Cup in South Africa is all set to begin on 14th January where 16 teams will be featured. Like every other team, the Bangladesh team has also emerged as a strong team which can pose a massive threat as well. The team have a spin attack whereas their pace attack is slowly evolving too and they are expected to give a tough fight to the opponents.
The ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup is the inaugural competition for the top young female cricketers from around the world, and it will be held every two years. Eleven ICC Full-Member countries — Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and Zimbabwe—got free participation in the competition. One team from each of the ICC’s five regions competed for the remaining five berths.
What could we expect?
Bangladesh are placed in Group A along with Australia, Sri Lanka, and the USA and all the teams are strong opponents to them as well. However, a 5-0 series victory over Malaysia would help them boost their confidence. But the victory came at home where the conditions are very different from South Africa. Meanwhile, they have played two warm-up games to acclimatise to the conditions where they beat South Africa & India.
Players to watch out for Bangladesh:
Disha Biswas: Captain of the Bangladesh team, Disha Biswas, a medium-pace all-rounder, is one of the four players in the squad who have been with the senior team as well. Along with her, Rabeya, Marufa Akter and Dilara Akter also travelled to New Zealand with the main squad in November as well.
She recently took eight wickets, including a five-wicket haul, in the home series against Malaysia Under 19 as well and finished jointly at the top of the chart also. She also scored an unbeaten 43 in one match as well. In the Women’s National Cricket League 2022-23 season, Disha Biswas picked up six wickets while playing for Barishal Divisions as well.
Rabeya Khan: Another Bangladesh youngster Rabeya Khan is one of the players to watch out for. She made her T20I debut at a very young age against Nepal. She also claimed a 4-wicket haul and is likely to follow her form in the marquee event too.
Disha Biswas (c), Shorna Akter (vc), Rabeya, Marufa Akter, Dilara Akter, Misty Rany Saha, Reya Akter Shika, Sumaiya Akter, Afia Humaira Anam Prottasha, Mst Unnoti Akter, Mst Dipa Khatun, Leky Chakma, Asrafi Yeasmin Arthy, Jannatul Maoua, Mst Eva
Stand by: Suborna Kormakar, Nishita Akter Nishi, Mst Rabaya Khatun, Juairiya Ferdous
Jan 14, Saturday: Australia Women U19 vs Bangladesh Women U19, Willowmoore Park, Benoni – 1:30 PM (IST), 08:00 AM GMT / 10:00 AM LOCAL
Jan 16, Monday: Sri Lanka Women U19 vs Bangladesh Women U19, Willowmoore Park B Field, Benoni – 1:30 PM (IST), 08:00 AM GMT / 10:00 AM LOCAL
Jan 18, Wednesday: Bangladesh Women U19 vs United States Women U19, Willowmoore Park B Field, Benoni- 1:30 PM (IST), 08:00 AM GMT / 10:00 AM LOCAL