Bangladesh women granted Test status
One of the outcomes of ICC (International Cricket Council) board and committee meetings has seen the governing body granting Test and ODI status to all Full Member women’s teams.
The decision means women’s teams of Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe will be eligible to play Test cricket.
“It was decided that Test and ODI status shall be permanently awarded to all Full Member women’s teams,” the ICC said on Thursday (April 1).
So far, only ten women’s teams have played Test cricket: Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa, India, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Ireland and Netherlands.
Ireland and Netherlands are the only associate teams to play Test cricket. Ireland’s one was a historic one in 2000, when they handed Pakistan an innings defeat in Dublin. Seven years later, Netherlands hosted South Africa in Rotterdam. They, however, could not repeat the Irish feat.
Ireland and Afghanistan were inducted into ICC’s Full Member club in 2017.
England have played the most number (95) of women’s Test matches. Australia played 74. New Zealand (45), India (36), South Africa and West Indies (12 each) are the other teams to play ten or more Tests. Pakistan have played three and Sri Lanka just the one in 1998.
Bangladesh women’s team’s international journey stretches from 2011, when they defeated USA to claim ODI status for the first time. In 2018, they won the Asia Cup T20 in Malaysia. Ten years into the highest level of cricket, the Tigresses are yet to break into a 50-over World Cup although they have made four T20 World Cup appearances.