After losing all matches in the group stage of at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia, Team Bangladesh had to return back to their country. They were not able to showcase their potential at the global stage.
Generally, at the end of big events like a World Cup, cricket boards think about bringing in some changes. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) might also take steps and initiatives to bring about changes for women’s cricket in Bangladesh. The next major target has to be the 2021 Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier to be held in Sri Lanka in July later this year.
The Tigresses will be one of the 10 teams fighting for a spot in the top three to ensure their entry at the World Cup in New Zealand.
To begin with, BCB is thinking of creating a mix coaching staff that has local and foreign coaches.
“We are thinking of forming a coaching staff that has a blend of foreign and local coaches,” BCB Director and Chairman of the women’s wing Shafiul Alam Chowdhury Nadel told The Daily Star yesterday.
“There is one good news for the women’s side. In the last board meeting, there was a decision on increasing facilities for the girls. We had already increased their TA and DA (travel allowance and daily allowance) last time but it was nothing noteworthy. However, now we are trying to make significant increments in their international match fees. We are also considering improving their hotel arrangements, their food and nutrition and increasing little amounts in every department that has financial matters involved,” said Nadel.
The major challenge that the Women team faces has been lack of opportunities of playing international matches against top-tier teams like Australia, New Zealand, and England. Even Salma was stressed when she had to face top-ranked sides regularly after their T20 World Cup campaign ended.
While, it may still take some time but Nadel said that the BCB will not be waiting for Australia, England and New Zealand. It will instead try and arrange series against sub-continent teams.
While the BCB is making a few changes, the Bangladesh team is now in their respective hometowns.
When asked about the poor performance in the T20 World Cup, especially the narrow loss against New Zealand, Salma mentioned that it had something to do with the difference in viewpoints.
“They are a very experienced side. I think how they approached the game was very important. We also had a good approach and that is why we could restrict them to a low total. We also did not bat well and it was mainly because of the approach they had due to the experience. They have players who have already played 90 or even 100 matches but we don’t have any players with that much experience,” explained Salma.
Team manager Javed Omar said the mental set-up and lack of planning during matches made the difference.
The Tigresses have a long way to go, however, with strategic planning management and support from BCB, it will surely move up to the next level of improvement.