Bangladesh women’s cricket qualifies for one-day international
Now Bangladesh women’s cricket qualifies for one-day international status after beating Ireland in ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2011 Friday.
Bangladesh recorded an emphatic 95-run victory over Ireland in the suburbs of capital Dhaka.
The nation’s 150 million’s majority is Sunni Muslim, where the society is conservative and women are marginalized, discriminated and neglected.
A career-best six-wicket haul by Khadiza Tul Kubra on Friday also ensured that the local darlings will now play the Super Sixes of ICC Women’s World Cup in India in 2013.
Player of the match Khadiza Tul Kubra wowed the home crowd with a sensational display of bowling. The youngster picked up six wickets for 32 runs.
Elsewhere, West Indies defeated Japan by 10 wickets at Fatullah Cricket Stadium in Narayanganj, USA won against Zimbabwe by 1 run at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur and South Africa beat the Netherlands by 233 runs at BSKP-2 in Savar.
The teams that progress will join England, Australia, India and New Zealand at the World Cup.
Bravo not fazed by Lara records
While comparisons with Brian Lara continue to fly, Darren Bravo insists that the great man’s records where not in his thoughts during his knock of 166 on day two of the third Test against India.
Bravo’s career has remarkably mirrored Lara’s of late, with the duo both notching up 941 runs at an average of 47.05 after their first 12 Test matches.
Lara scored 167 in his 13th Test and while Bravo failed to eclipse the legendary stroke maker, he isn’t too concerned by it.
“Had I scored one more run I would have equalled Lara’s record. But it is something that I didn’t plan, it is not something that I would go out and achieve,” he said after the day’s play.
“Nevertheless, I played a good knock and got a big hundred for my team. Hopefully, we would go out there tomorrow and put down a good performance.
“I think I became a bit tired. It was tough for me batting for the past couple of days. It took a toll on me,” he added of his dismissal, caught behind off the bowling of paceman Varun Aaron.
The West Indies have done well to capatalise on the solid platform provide to them by a 137-run opening stand between Adrian Barath and Kraigg Brathwaite. Number three Kirk Edwards as well as middle order men Kieran Powell and Marlon Samuels all made half-centuries to back up Bravo’s ton as the West Indies finished on 575 for nine at the close on day two.
Bravo believes that if his side’s bowlers find the right areas, they have the runs on the board to put India in an uncomfortable position.
“I think the wicket has become better,” he explained.
“There is some spin for the spinners. For the fast bowlers if they put the ball in the right areas they will get something out of the wicket. We have the likes of Fidel Edwards and Ravi Rampaul who can cross the 90mph barrier.
“I think we are going to go there and try to get their top-order early. We have a healthy total. I think we will go there and hope for something special from our fast bowlers.
“The think-tank and I believe that we will get the job done.”