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Tigresses leave Dhaka for Women’s T20 World Cup

DHAKA With an aim to bring up their best result by

playing a smart cricket, the Bangladesh Women's team left Dhaka for the ICC

Women's T20 World Cup in Australia, slated to begin from February 21.

Bangladesh will play three tour matches against local teams on February 7,

10 and 12 respectively in a bid to make them fully prepared for the

tournament in which they were not up to the mark in previous editions.

The women's team will then play two ICC-organised practice matches against

Thailand and Pakistan on February 16 and 20 respectively.

Bangladesh is drawn in Group A along with four-time champions Australia,

mighty India, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Amongst those four teams, Bangladesh

had never played any International game against New Zealand and Australia.

We'll try to put our best in a bid to earn the best result in the

tournament, Bangladesh captain Salma Khatun said.

We need to be smart in executing our plan and we need to play smart

cricket if we want to compete with those teams in our group. Hopefully we

will come up with our best, she added.

The Tigress would start their T20 World Cup mission facing India in their

first Group A match on February 24 in Perth.

Bangladesh will then face hosts Australia in Canberra on February 27 and

New Zealand on February 29 in Melbourne.

Bangladesh will play their final group-phase match against Sri Lanka on

March 2 in Melbourne.

The top two teams of the five-team group will then move into the semifinals

of the 10-team tournament.

Both semi-finals will be played on March 5 in Sydney and the final will

take place on March 8 in Melbourne.

Squad:

Salma Khatun (c), Rumana Ahmed, Jahanara Alam, Shamima Sultana, Murshida

Khatun, Ayesha Rahman, Nigar Sultana, Sanjida Islam, Khadija-Tul-Kubra, Panna

Ghosh, Farjana Haque, Nahida Akhter, Fahima Khatun, Ritu Moni, Sobhana

Mostary. Standby: Shaila Sharmin, Lata Mondol, Suraya Azmim, Puja Charaborty

and Rabeya.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)