China’s women cricketers will spend a month in Bangladesh starting in March. 16 senior players along with 14 members of the Under-19 squad will train and play at the BKSP (Bangladesh Institute of Sports) and will also watch the Dhaka Test between Bangladesh and England during their time there.

China’s Wang Meng in action at the 2009 ACC Women’s Twenty20 Championship
“Bangladesh’s basic coaching is far more advanced than China’s and this is why the girls will spend their time there training for the 2010 Asian Games. It will give them invaluable insight into the game as well as the passion for it,” said ACC Development Officer for China, Aminul Islam.

China, advanced in so many other sports, lack the kind of cricket facilities available at the BKSP. The Chinese Under-19 boys made use of BKSP in November last year, ahead of the ACC U-19 Challenge Cup in Thailand. Like the Under-19s, the women’s senior team will play practice matches against local opposition and will have two high-performance Bangladeshi coaches, bowling coach Manzurul Islam and fielding coach Sohail Islam, with them for the length of their stay.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) also hosted Bahrain’s national cricket team last month. Bahrain played a one-day match against a Grameenphone-BCB National Cricket Academy XI before leaving for Nepal and the ICC World Cricket League Division 5.

Player of the Tournament Sun Mengyao with Pakistan’s Javed Miandad, 2009 ACC Women’s Twenty20 Championship

“BCB wants to help new cricketing nations. They have good facilities and its close proximity to China is also of great help as it is only a two-hour flight from Kunming to Dhaka. Hopefully the Chinese girls will learn more about cricket culture and take back good memories and some experience with them back home. With Bangladesh inviting China to train, the cricketing relationship between these two nations will also grow strongly,” added Mr. Islam.

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Filed Feb 26th, 2010