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No competitive cricket for women’s team before November 


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Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Women’s Chairman Shafiul Alam Chowdhury Nadel said there is no possibility of arranging any competitive league or tournament for women’s cricket before November. 

Bangladesh Cricket witnessed a lengthy break in international and domestic cricket as well owing to the deadly coronavirus pandemic. It's cheering news for Bangladesh cricket that Bangladesh male national cricket team will return to international cricket with the imminent Sri Lanka series in October.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)-High Performance (HP) team will also set their footstep with the national team after the long corona-enforced layoff. The residential camp of Bangladesh Under-19 Cricket Team meanwhile has been started.

But the effect of the coronavirus on women’s cricket will not be reduced easily because the waiting to return to competitive cricket for Salma-Rumana-Jahanara is being prolonged. They can’t return to cricket apparently. There is a remote possibility of returning to cricket for them before November. The COVID-19 was the root of all these devastation.   

For this, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is mulling to bring them in the cricket field with the domestic cricket competition. They can get their new head coach before the start of their activities.

“Everything depends on the corona situation. We can’t do anything successfully due to the corona. And so, we are planning to start afresh. We will start the domestic cricket tournament so quickly if the coronavirus situation improves,” Shafiul Alam Chowdhury said.

Women’s Cricket Team had returned from Australia after shocking devastation in the T20 World Cup-2020 in February. Since then, the women’s cricketers have been out of cricket. They were home quarantined for around five months.

Lata Mondon, Nahida Akhtar, Jahanara Alam, Salma Khatun and its company started practicing by maintaining health and safety protocols from the beginning of the current month though they will not get any chance to play any competitive matches within the next two months.

Bangladesh Test Team led by Mominul Haque and BCB-HP are expected to travel to Sri Lanka during the corona period. Newly-formed Under19 cricket team held a residential camp.

When asked about planning to bring women’s cricketers back in the cricket field, Nadel said they want to return to cricket with domestic cricket.

“Actually we want to return to cricket with domestic cricket. We have such a plan like that. We will start School Cricket and the Under-19 women’s cricket team will be available there. Actually everything depends on the situation. It seems to me that we can’t do anything for them before November,” Nadel said.   

BCB Women’s Wing is yet to appoint a head coach for the women’s team after former Indian head coach Anju Jain. Regarding the matter, the BCB Women’s Wing Chairman said, “We hope it will be settled in the next month. We could confirm it within a month. It might be a European coach.”