Bhutan’s women cricketers are preparing for the forthcoming ACC Women’s Twenty20 Championship with some intensive training in Thimphu. They started their camp in May and have been working hard on all aspects of their game since then, playing in a domestic tournament as well as regular practices.

Spinning star Sonam Zam

The bulk of the squad is the same as that which played in the ACC U-19 Women's Championship in December 2008. Bhutan finished sixth in that event but impressed throughout with their commitment and adherence to the basics of the game. Left-arm pace-bowler Anju Gurung finished third in the tournament averages.

This time the squad has been boosted, according to local reports, by a “new sensational spinner” Sonam Zam who has been “phenomenal” in practice. Wickets in Malaysia for the ACC Women’s Championship are likely to take spin.

Bhutan are in a tough group n the event with Nepal, Thailand and Singapore early favourites to go through to the semi-finals but administrators have faith in their team. “We are sure to give every country a good fight looking at their performance in the domestic tournament and in the practice” says Bhutan Cricket Council Board CEO Jigme Norbu.

Picture courtesy Bhutan Cricket Council Board

Related: Bhutan Country Profile

Filed June 09, 2009