The Bangladesh team are one of the strongest in the tournament. Their pace attack is brutal, especially with Marufa Akter doing some damage right at the top. The team is coming into the tournament after playing a practice game against the Lions U19 Invitational. Before that, several players featured in the Bangladesh Women’s National Cricket League. In September 2022, Bangladesh U19 played against Malaysia and returned with a comfortable 5-0 win.
They are placed in Group A alongside Australia, Sri Lanka and the USA.
Disha Biswas (c), Shorna Akter (vc), Rabeya, Marufa Akter, Dilara Akter, Misty Rany Saha, Reya Akter Shika, Sumaiya Akter, Afia Humaira Anam Prottasha, Mst Unnoti Akter, Mst Dipa Khatun, Leky Chakma, Asrafi Yeasmin Arthy, Jannatul Maoua, Mst Eva
Stand by: Suborna Kormakar, Nishita Akter Nishi, Mst Rabaya Khatun, Juairiya Ferdous
Disha Biswas will lead the U19 side. She plays for Barishal and is one of the pacers in the team. Biswas is more of a stump-to-stump bowler which could be annoying for the batters. The youngster is super handy with the bat and can clear the fence with ease. She prefers the cow corner and scores most of her boundaries out there. She was the leading wicket-taker in the recent 5-match series against the Malaysia team where she had 8 wickets including a fifer. Biswas also scored an unbeaten 43 in one of the matches.
Notably, she was one of the four players who made it to the senior team that toured New Zealand recently. Biswas is also a part of the Bangladesh Emerging team.
Shorna Akter plays for Chattogram, and she usually bats in the middle order. Love to swing the bat. If it is her day, you might see her end with big numbers just like she did against India. She scored an unbeaten 75 from 54 deliveries to help Bangladesh beat India in the Warm-up match. Also, she bowls wrist spin. Certainly, one of the players to keep an eye on.
Rabeya Khan is one of the players with international experience. The leg-spinning all-rounder was called up for the South Asian Games in 2019. The teenager had an excellent tournament including a 4/8 against Nepal. She was also a part of the Bangladesh Emerging team that played in the Women’s Emerging cup in 2019. Rabeya had three wickets and an economy rate of 1.9 from 2 games.
In the series against South Africa Emerging women in 2021, she won the player of the match for her 3/15.
In the Women’s NCL, she had 7 wickets, and in the series against Malaysia, she had 55 runs and 6 wickets.
Marufa Akter is more of a sensation already. She debuted in the senior team against New Zealand recently and even picked up the wicket of Sophie Devine on her debut.
Marufa was the 2nd leading wicket-taker in the Women’s NCL with 13 wickets at a 2.76 economy rate. The pacer is just too good and is the player to watch out for here.
Dilara Dola is one of the players who made their international debut recently. She featured in 2 ODIs and 2 T20Is against New Zealand. The 18-year-old was the star performer against Malaysia. She ended with 157 runs from 4 innings with the best of 77 at 164.54. She also had 10 sixes in the series.
She is a pretty good striker, keeps score board ticking, more of an anchor and it was disappointing when she couldn’t do much against New Zealand.
She represented Mymensingh Division in the Women’s NCL and her usual batting position is at number three.
Misty Rany Saha
Misty Rany Saha is a right-handed batter and is one of the openers. She is capable of scoring fast and is a good runner too. Notably, she had a forgettable run in the Women’s NCL, and she didn’t feature in the Malaysia series as well.
Reya Akter Shika
Reya Akter Shikha is one of the batters who love to hit those sixes. In fact, she was the only one to score 3 sixes in the Women’s NCL. She bats in the middle order. One can expect cameos from her for sure. One of the cleanest strikers, especially, on the leg side.
The medium pacer had three wickets in the Malaysia series and two in the Women’s NCL.
Sumaiya Akter might not be an attacking batter but she usually scores a decent amount of runs. She mostly opens the batting and takes a bit to settle down but once she is all set, it is difficult to get her out. Then you will see some big big hits. One of the trustable batters in the Bangladesh team but if they are going for an all-attacking line-up, she might have to bat a bit down and it will be interesting to see how it works out. She rarely bowls.
Afia Humaira Anam Prottasha
Afiya Anam usually bats at the top. She has a solid backfoot game and usually prefers off-side. She can easily score those big hits too. One of her fine knocks during Women’s NCL was 40* where she had 3 fours and a six while opening. She is one of the tallest in the team as well.
Unnoti Akter is yet another top-order batter and is a keeper too. She has been consistent over the past year but looked a bit out of form in the recent Malaysia series. She played for Rangpur Division in the recent Women’s NCL where she batted at 4-5.
A perfect utility player. She can bat at the top or middle according to the situation and is an off-spinner. One of the bowlers who get through the overs very quickly. Her biggest strength is the way she mixes up the pace. She represents Sylhet, and her recent best was against Chattogram Division in the Women’s NCL where she had three wickets and 17 runs.
Leky Chakma is the one to watch out for here. She is from a tribal background. Click on the Twitter link for her story:
Leky Chakma is one of the swing bowlers here. Her in-swingers certainly stand out. She is pretty good with the bat and is someone who can be trusted to provide resistance.
Asrafi Yeasmin Arthy
Asrafi Arthy is tall and is one of the bowlers with good bouncers and pace. She usually bowls more short deliveries, and her pace makes it difficult for the batters. She represents Sylhet and picked up eight wickets in the Women’s NCL.
Jannatul Maoua is one of the youngsters in the team and is the right-handed batter. She is quick between the wickets but her strike rate could be a concern. Still has to improve when it comes to her strike rate and all, but is one of the exciting talents to watch out for in the future.
Mst Eva is a right-handed batter. She opened the batting for Chattogram in the Women’s NCL. She prefers off-side and has artistic cut shots and cover drives. She loves to slam the ball and is quick between the wickets too. She struggled to cover her starts recently but is one of the youngsters who could go a long way in the future.
January 14 v Australia
January 16 v Sri Lanka
January 18 v USA
Bangladesh were unbeaten in the recent Warm-ups. They defeated India and South Africa. Though both matches were close, the team will enter the tournament with some confidence.