Bangladesh pick four Under-19 players in senior Women's T20 World Cup squad
Dilara Akter, Disha Biswas, Marufa Akter and Shorna Akter have all made the cut for next month's tournament
Bangladesh's squad for next month's Women's T20 World Cup to be held in South Africa includes four players from their ongoing Under-19 Women's World Cup, also taking place in South Africa.
Wicketkeeper-batter Dilara Akter, seam bowling allrounder Disha Biswas, seamer Marufa Akter and legspinner Shorna Akter are part of the Youth team that has progressed into the Super Six stage of the tournament. Their good work has now been rewarded with a senior team call-up, alongside Shamima Sultana and Sobhana Mostary as well.
Shamima, 34, is a wicketkeeper-batter who has played 47 T20Is. Sobhana is a 20-year old batter with 15 T20Is under her belt. Both were in the Bangladesh side during the Asia Cup last year. There was no place for Sharmin Akter, Fargana Hoque, Sanjida Akter, Fariha Trisna and Rabeya Khatun, who were all part of Bangladesh's last tour, to New Zealand in December.
"While making the squad for the Women's T20 World Cup, we considered the format and the conditions. We are playing in South Africa. We are already playing in the Under-19 World Cup, so we tried to pick a mix of young and experienced players," Bangladesh women's team selector, Manjurul Islam, said.
"Shorna, Disha, Marufa and Dilara are playing really well in the (Under-19 World Cup) tournament. They also toured New Zealand in our senior team's last tour. We also have a number of experienced players like Jahanara [Alam] and Salma [Khatun]," Manjurul said.
Bangladesh play their first match of the Women's T20 World Cup on February 12 against Sri Lanka in Cape Town.
Bangladesh Women's T20 World Cup Squad: Nigar Sultana (capt & wk), Marufa Akter, Dilara Akter, Fahima Khatun, Salma Khatun, Jahanara Alam, Shamima Sultana, Rumana Ahmed, Lata Mondol, Shorna Akter, Nahida Akter, Murshida Khatun, Ritu Moni, Disha Biswas, Sobhana Mostary
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84