Bangladesh cricket’s bowler Jahanara Alam believes that the fast and bouncy track on Australian pitches will aid her bowling style at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020.
Since Bangladesh relies heavily on its spin attack, Jahanara is willing to take the responsibility of turning things around with her pace bowling skills.
Team Bangladesh which featured in the T20 World Cup in 2014 for the first time, will have its fourth outing in the seventh edition of the T20 World Cup which starts from 21st February and ends on 8th March 2020.
Bangladesh’s squad is filled with spin as six tweakers make their 15-strong squad, led by skipper Salma Khatun and promising left-armer Nahida Akter who starred in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier.
But Jahanara is capable of generating prodigious out-swing with a ten-day conditioning camp Down Under. She feels equipped to threaten batters in Australian conditions.
“I’m quite excited to play in Australia because I’ve heard the pitches can be very bouncy and I can get help from the wicket,” she said.
“I swing the ball both ways and have some variations as well. I’m not going to leak runs and that is my role in the team.
This is our fourth World Cup. We are quite experienced now, although we are playing Australia and New Zealand for the first time.” she added.
She has played a part in Bangladesh’s biggest victories, too, hitting the winning runs in their historic Asia Cup victory over giants India in 2018.
Bangladesh’s Women’s T20 World Cup record stands at two wins from 13 games, but an impressive five wins from five at last September’s Qualifier suggests they are poised to improve that tally.
They are likely taking advantage of all-rounder Rumana Ahmed, who joined up with Brisbane Heat in the 2017 Women’s Big Bash League as an ICC Rookie.
Rumana says working at the franchise’s facilities was nothing short of a cricketing education and she’ll hope to share wisdom with her team-mates in the coming weeks.
“It was a massive opportunity for me,” she said.
“It was the first time I’d ever been to Australia and I learned so much from the experience. I learned how big teams and big players prepare for games.
“I took a lot from every training session and particularly the gym and fitness sessions. It was a great experience.”