Bangladesh, Ireland, Sri Lanka confident of making an impact

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World Cup is the biggest stage in any sport and an opportunity for countries to showcase how good they are or how they have improved since the last event. After the success of the 2017 Women’s 50-over World Cup all eyes are fixed on the upcoming Women’s World T20 in the Caribbean. The focus might be on the hosts and defending champions Windies, or three-time winners Australia, but the lesser known teams will also look to make an impact.

Bangladesh, for example, are having a good year. They recently beat India twice in the Asia Cup and went on to win the trophy for the first time. Salma Khatun, the Bangladesh captain, is taking confidence from that victory and from the fact that the wickets in Windies might help her slow bowlers.

“The ICC Women’s World T20 will again get attention from every corner and it is an opportunity for all of us to ensure that we entertain viewers. Having done well in this year’s Asia Cup, where we were able to beat ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 finalists India, we are confident of doing well in the upcoming tournament.

“If we play to our potential, this is a good chance for us. We have a fine spin attack and see an opportunity on the pitches of the West Indies, which may provide some help to the slow bowlers too,” Khatun said.

Ireland, on the other hand, are taking inspiration from their hockey team which won a medal for the first time in a World Cup. They also have the motivation to do well because two of the senior most players Clare Shillington and Ciara Metcalfe are retiring after the World Cup. Laura Delany and Co. are all geared up to send the veterans on a high even though they find themselves in a group that consists of Australia, New Zealand, India and Pakistan.

“We proudly watched on as our colleagues in Irish hockey surpassed all expectations at their recent World Cup (reaching the final of the tournament played in London), and have taken inspiration from their fearlessness when confronted with higher-ranked opponents.”Two of our longest term squad members, Clare Shillington and Ciara Metcalfe, have both announced that this will be their last tournament for Ireland, and we plan to send these two legends of Irish women’s cricket off with some performances that we can all be proud of,” added Delany.

Chamari Athapaththu, Sri Lanka captain, falls on the uncertainties of T20 cricket – any team can win against any team on any given day. She also takes confidence from how her team has played T20 in the recent past and on how they have prepared for the main event.

“In the T20 format, there is a chance for all the teams and any team can make an impact, given that they play well and seize every opportunity in the field. Sri Lanka is confident of going forward in this tournament. We did well in the just-concluded series against India. Our preparation is at its best. The team is practising hard and we are very clear about our goals.

“The team has improved in many areas. We have ironed out fielding errors and will be testing the success of it during the practice games we play in the coming days.” (Cricbuzz)

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