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Salma Khatun: U19 World Cup champions inspiring Bangladesh in Australia

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Our men’s U19 team showed what was possible when you combine determination, talent and hard work, and they are a massive inspiration for Bangladesh ahead of this World Cup.

- Bangladesh are looking to reach the semi-finals for the first time
- A tough Group A sees them face Australia, India, New Zealand and Sri Lanka
- The World Cup triumph of the men’s U19 side is giving Salma’s side confidence

We are very proud of them and what they were able to do in South Africa but now we are looking to what we can do in Australia.

We are very, very excited. The whole team is looking forward to the event as this is a massive stage and an opportunity for us to show that we can play some quality cricket.

Since the last World Cup, there is more belief in our team. We have beaten some top teams and sides that are ranked above us in the past two years, there is a nice blend of experience and fresh talent. The core group has stayed together and that experience could prove vital.

If we can be competitive, aggressive and play without inhibition then we should have moments where we can get ourselves in advantageous positions. If we get our processes right then the result will take care of itself. Hard fight and competition until the very last ball – that’s all I ask of my team.

We have some of the top teams in the world in our group. But when you come to a tournament like this, you cannot think in terms of good and weak opponents. We won the Asia Cup in 2018 by believing in ourselves against all odds. We need to have the same mentality in the World Cup also.

We came to Australia early to get acclimatised to the conditions which are alien to us. Only a couple of our players have some prior experience of Australia. We have had a camp in Gold Coast and now heading into the tournament, these are exciting times for us and everyone is motivated and confident.

As captain, it is a great honour. I feel very fortunate. The role comes with a lot of responsibility as Bangladesh is a cricket-crazy nation and the people love us and expect good things from us.

That passion meant that failure wasn’t an option for us in the qualifiers. We knew we were superior to the other teams and played a dominant brand of cricket, and we made sure we did what we needed to do to qualify for Australia.

Now it is all about handling pressure situations and fitness. These are key elements that often decide matches at this level, and they are the differences between the top teams and the rest.

Sometimes it is not just down to better players, but what people can do with the opportunities they have at any given time.

So our goal is to see what we can do against these teams and push ourselves to the next level.

We want to continue playing against top sides and unearth cricketers who can raise the overall level of the team. Our facilities and structure have been improving all the time and the Bangladesh Cricket Board has been very supportive to women’s cricket.

Everything is in place for us to be successful in the next few years and there should be no looking back for the next generation.

Source: ICC Media Zone

Krishnamurthy urges India not to be distracted in Perth

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By SAT News Desk/ICC Media Zone

Veda Krishnamurthy says India cannot let themselves get distracted by their win over Australia and must focus on the task at hand when they take on Bangladesh.

- India produced a stunning bowling performance to beat Australia in the tournament opener on Friday, Poonam Yadav the star with four wickets

- Krishnamurthy says her side cannot become complacent and must improve their batting performance against Bangladesh

- Bangladesh captain Salma Khatun does not want her side to worry about

India’s impressive performance and focus on their own instead
India’s impressive bowling display lit up the opening match of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Sydney, Poonam Yadav playing a starring role under the lights with four wickets to halt the defending champions’ run chase and seal an opening Group A win for her side.

But Krishnamurthy does not want to see India let their emotions get the better of them, insisting the top and middle order need to survive longer to take the heat off their bowling attack in Perth.

“We want to make sure we have enough of a score for our bowlers to defend,” she said.

“At the same time, we can’t be too ambitious with our strokes or risk being run short, but we need to make sure we get enough runs on board.

“As you all saw, our bowling attack is doing really well. It’s all about giving them that extra cushioning,

“If we had finished 15 runs shorter on Friday, it would have been a lot more difficult for us.

“We can’t be complacent with the victory. We have to let go of those emotions now and focus on repeating all the good things we did.”

For Bangladesh, the match against India will be their first of the tournament, the Tigers aiming to spring an upset and begin their quest for a maiden Women’s T20 World Cup semi-final on a high.

To do so, captain Salma Khatun is urging her side not to dwell on India’s stunning opening victory and instead focus on getting their own performance right at the WACA.

“We’re not worried about the result between India and Australia,” said Khatun. “We’re just focused on our own.

“We’ve been watching the opening matches of the tournament with keen interest and we are really excited to get going in this one.

“It was great to see Thailand as a newcomer do well with their fielding and bowling. They were unable to get the result because of their inexperience but they put on a very good show and we love to see that.

“All our girls put their 100 percent into the warm-up match against Pakistan and we hope to have a positive start at this World Cup.”

Source: ICC Media Zone