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Bangladesh boost confidence ahead of Asia Cup opener


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Bangladesh Women's captain Nigar Sultana Joty was optimistic for the Asia Cup opener against Thailand at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium Ground-2.

Bangladesh won the Asia Cup in 2018 for the first time, beating India in the final. The skipper stated that they are motivated to defend their Asia Cup title on their own soil.

"Since we'll be playing at home, we indeed feel no pressure and put ourselves ahead. I think the biggest motivation is that we have qualified for the World Cup, which is motivating the whole team," Joty said here today.

"Every team here is strong enough and they actually are playing really well cricket. We have to give everyone equal importance and play well against all of them."

"But we are confident of retaining the title because we are playing at home and the team is in a good stead."

Bangladesh have secured their spot in the ICC Women's T20 World Cup in South Africa 2023 after an undefeated triumph in the T20 World Cup Qualifiers.

"I would say it was the best preparation for us, because there is no better preparation than playing a match. Since we have been playing in this format, it will help us a lot in the Asia Cup. We are playing together and we got team combination right in the Asia Cup, if we can play as a team, I think there will be a good result in the Asia Cup,"

Bangladesh won the previous edition of the Asia Cup in 2018 in Malaysia. The hosts, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, and UAE will participate in the eighth edition of the tournament.

Squad: Nigar Sultana Joty (Captain), Shamima Sultana, Fargana Hoque Pinky, Rumana Ahmed, Mst Ritu Moni, Lata Mondol, Salma Khatun, Sobhana Mostary, Nahida Akter, Murshida Khatun, Jahanara Alam, Fahima Khatun, Mst Shanjida Akther Maghla, Mst Fariha Islam Trisna, Shohaly Akter

Stand by: Marufa Akther, Most. Sharmin Akter Supta, Nuzhat Tasnia, Rabeya Khan

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