Rumana heaves sigh of relief at postponement of ICC WC Qualifier

DHAKA, Bangladesh Women team’s ODI skipper Rumana Ahmed
heaved a sigh of relief after International Cricket Council (ICC) postponed
the Women’s 2021 World Cup Qualifier.

The world cricket apex body in press release on Tuesday revealed that the
World Cup Qualifier which was slated to be held from July 3-19 in Sri Lanka
was deferred due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

Even though they are the Asian Champions, Bangladesh had never played any
one-day World Cup that is big disappointment of the Women’s team.

This year they were adamant to make it, only to be left disappointed by
the Covid-19 outbreak as the cricket and practice have been postponed
indefinitely. The Women’s team management had already chalked out a plan to
how they would practice and ended as a top team in the Qualifier. A total of
three teams would have the entry to the 2021 Women’s World Cup from the 10-
team Qualifier tournament.

Bangladesh Women’s team had returned to the country on March 4 after
ending a disappointing T20 World Cup journey. As they were due to start the
practice session for the World Cup qualifier, the outbreak of coronavirus put
everything on hold.

“If the World Cup Qualifier begins on time, we could fall in great danger
because we haven’t had any adequate practice session for the tournament,”
Rumana told the reporters here today.

“This is good that the ICC postponed the tournament. Now we will get
enough time to practice for the tournament once the situation becomes normal.
We have already played four T20 World Cups but we could never play any one-
day World Cup. This time we are desperate to make it. So the decision of the
ICC is very helpful for us,” she concluded.


Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)