women’s team will play the Women's Asia Cup with the happy memory of being the undefeated champion in the T20 World Cup qualifiers. The tournament is in Bangladesh, and the defending champions on top of that - naturally, expectations will be high for Nigar Sultana-led team.
The hosts Bangladesh will play the opening match of the Asia Cup against Thailand at the outer field of the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Saturday at 9 am. In the first round of this season with the participation of seven teams, each team will have a total of six matches with all the teams.
In this year's Asia Cup, the women's team captain Nigar talked about the mission to retain the title directly without taking the traditional 'goal of good performance'. According to her, the team have been playing well so far.
Nigar said at the official press conference at the Sylhet ground on Friday, “The time for good play is over. Since the title is ours now, we will try to keep it. We are already playing good cricket. It is not that we are not playing good cricket. If we play good cricket, the title will come to us.”
Being the host, Bangladesh do not think of the challenge in the Asia Cup that way. Talking about going match by match, she said, “I don't feel challenged like that at home. Our aim is to play match by match, we do not look at the strength of other teams. We want to play our cricket on the field.”