The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced a 17-member squad for their upcoming women’s team tour of New Zealand, which consists of six white-ball games. The tour commences on the 2nd of December with the 3-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series and will conclude with the 3rd and final One-Day International (ODI)on the 17th of the month.
Wicketkeeper-batter, Nigar Sultana-led Bangladesh side sees inclusions of as many as 4 uncapped players in leg-spin all-rounder, Rabeya Khatun, seam-bowling all-rounder, Disha Biswas, wicketkeeper-batter, Dilara Akhter and pacer, Marufa Akter. The inclusions have come at the cost of 3 omissions in Shamima Sultana, Sobhana Mostary and Shohely Akhter.
Bangladesh’s squad for the New Zealand tour :
Nigar Sultana (C/WK), Sharmin Akter, Fargana Hoque, Rumana Ahmed, Ritu Moni, Lata Mondol, Salma Khatun, Nahida Akter, Murshida Khatun, Jahanara Alam, Fahima Khatun, Sanjida Akther, Fariha Islam, Marufa Akter, Rabeya Khatun, Dilara Akter, Disha Biswas
BCB’s 17-player squad announcement saw the trio of Rabeya Khatun, Disha Biswas and Dilara Akter receive their rewards for performances during their victory over the Under-19 Malaysia team at home. With the T20 World Cup, just around the corner, the series will be a much more crucial one for the inexperienced Bangladesh side, than it’ll be for the White Ferns.
Bangladesh’s squad of 17 are expected to leave Dhaka on the 24th of November for New Zealand where they first play a One-Day practice match on the 28th of November and then a T20 warm-up game two days later, both at Christchurch.
Bangladesh vs New Zealand, series schedule :
The 3-match ODI series will be a part of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s Championship Cycle 2022/23-25 where Bangladesh with their series against New Zealand will mark a debut on the points table and look to grab their first set of two points as quickly as possible. Hosts, New Zealand with a defeat and a couple of wins are seeded 4th with 4 points to their name.
The series will be New Zealand’s first on home soil under newly-appointed head coach, Ben Sawyer who for the head coaches role moved shores from Australia. While New Zealand’s last ODI outing had come late in September, Bangladesh’s dates back to early this year when the side toured New Zealand for their ODI World Cup campaign.
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