Bangladesh to Have Women's Cricket Team

Published June 28th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Bangladesh is to have a women's cricket team, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BC) President Saber Hossain Chowdhury announced on Wednesday. 

He outlined the government's plan to further improve cricket, in a ceremony to mark Bangladesh's promotion to Test status. 

"Children and women will be coached how to play cricket and we will have a women's team," Chowdhury said. 

He added that 200 children aged between six and 11 years in each of the country's 464 subdistricts would be trained in the sport. 

"This will help about 100,000 children annually and we will definitely find great cricketers amongst them," Chowdhury told a cheering crowd at the downtown Paltan Maidan as Bangladesh's second woman Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed, smiled approvingly. 

Bangladesh, who were granted Test status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday in London, join England, Australia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the exclusive cricket club. 

Bangladesh has been in a festive mood since the promotion of their team to Test status, described by many as "a dream come true." 

Five former Test stars will give specialized training to Bangladesh's cricket team before it plays its first Test match later this year, an official said on Wednesday in New Delhi – (AFP)

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