The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) named the squad for the team’s limited overs tour to Pakistan comprising two ODIs and three T20Is. Salma Khatun will lead the T20I team, while Rumana Ahmed, the team’s premier allrounder, will take charge of the ODI team. Rumana, who missed the team’s successful campaign in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in Scotland earlier this year, returns to the fold having successfully recovered from a knee injury.
Panna Ghosh, the tall medium pacer, also returns to the side. She is one of only two frontline medium pacers in the squad – Jahanara Alam, the other.
Nahida Akter, the left arm-spinner, Fahima Khatun, the leg-spinning allrounder, Ritu Moni, the medium pacer, and Sobhana Mostary, the top order batter – all of whom were part of the squad that toured Scotland – have missed out on selection. They are all, however, standbys.
The batting will continue to revolve around Ayasha Rahman, Nigar Sultana, Fargana Haque and Rumana, while Ghosh, Alam, Khadija Tul Kubra and Sharmin Supta will be Bangladesh’s key performers with the ball.
The team is scheduled to depart from Dhaka on Tuesday (October 22).
Owing to political tensions between India and Pakistan Anju Jain, the head coach of Bangladesh, will not travel with the team. She along with two other members of the support staff have withdrawn from the series. The BCB has therefore appointed an interim coaching staff for the series.
The tour begins on October 26 and concludes on November 5. All the matches will be played at Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore.
Squad: Salma Khatun (T20I captain), Rumana Ahmed (ODI captain), Jahanara Alam, Shamima Sultana (Wk), Ayesha Rahman, Nigar Sultana, Sanjida Islam, Lata Mondol, Panna Ghosh, Ekka Mollik, Sharmin Sultana, Khadija Tul Kubra, Fargana Haque Pinki, Sharmin Sultana Supta, Shanjida Akther.
Standby: Nahida Akhter, Fahima Khatun, Ritu Moni, Sobhana Mostary, Labone Akther, Zinnat Asia Orthi, Sabinkun Nahar Jesmin, Happy Alam