Bangladesh women looking to gain experience in SA

The Bangladesh women’s team will try and get as much experience as possible on their upcoming tour to South Africa.

The Asian side will play a five-match ODI series and three T20Is against the Proteas women with the first ODI set for Potchefstroom on Friday.

A 16-member squad jetted out of Dhaka on Saturday hoping to make a positive impact on tour.

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Bangladesh women’s ODI captain, Rumana Ahmed, said: “Our main ambition will be to bag as much experience as possible from the tour.

“It was not that we were sitting idle for the last 14 months. We had camps and practice matches so I hope we will be able to perform better compared to the past.”

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) are trying to provide more opportunities for the women’s national side and the tour to South Africa forms part of that.

They are also set to play in the Asia Cup, to be held in Malaysia in June.

T20 skipper Salma Khatun said: “This tour is the start of our busy schedule ahead.

“We might have taken a step back, given that we have not played any international cricket in the last 14 months, but we were in touch with the game – practising and playing domestic matches.

“We will improve the more we play.”