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Bangladesh Women head coach under scanner for “bossy approach”

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Following her team’s disappointing performance at the Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia, where they failed to win a single game, Bangladesh Women head coach Anju Jain could face the axe as the BCB ponders changes to its coaching staff in the aftermath of the debacle.

A Cricbuzz report states that higher-ups within the board have soured on Jain, and are said to be especially displeased with her “bossy approach”, which is claimed to have harmed the team. In particular, board authorities have taken exception to her decision to demote Rumana Ahmed, who is viewed as a capable top-order batter.

“We will certainly sit to assess our disappointing performance in the ICC World T20 once everything get normal,” Shafiul Alam Chowdhury, the BCB women’s wing chairman, said. “We were expected to sit earlier to find out the reason behind the World Cup debacle, but failed to do so due to the coronavirus pandemic.”

However, it’s not just the review meeting that has been hampered by the epidemic. Bangladesh were due to go through a qualifying round for next year’s 50-over women’s World Cup in New Zealand in July. But with Covid-19 having brought world cricket to a standstill, much uncertainty hangs in the air.

It’s a particularly disappointing development considering Bangladesh’s superior record in the format, which could have also given them an opportunity to set things right after the disappointment of the T20 World Cup.

“It’s disappointing because we cannot do anything, but honestly speaking, we don’t get to play on regular occasions, and we were expecting to play quite a few international tournaments this year. But it seems doubtful now,” said opening batter Murshida Khatun.

“We are doing the physical fitness work that was given by our coaches but certainly it is not enough because cricket is all about bat and ball. Still we need to make sure we stay home and be safe,” she said.

“Compared to T20 we are a better ODI unit so playing in the World Cup qualifier would have certainly increased our confidence ahead of the upcoming Asia Cup T20,” she added.

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