MEET THE SIX TEAM CAPTAINS

The ACC Women's Asia Cup 2018 is a Twenty20 International cricket tournament contested by women's cricket teams from Asia. It has been played six times to date and India is the undefeated champion. Runners up have been Sir Lanka for the first four ODIs and Pakistan for the latter T20s. Host countries of this international tournament have been Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, China and Thailand. The 2018 tournament will be hosted in Malaysia.

As the ACC Women’s Asia Cup 2018 begins tomorrow here in Kuala Lumpur, the Team Captains Press Conference allows the media to explore the aspirations of the teams going in to battle for the title of champion.

TEAM CAPTAINS

BANGLADESH

Salma Khatun 28, is an all-round cricketer who plays for the Bangladesh national women's cricket team. She is a right handed batsman and a right-arm offbreak bowler. Salma is the captain of the Bangladesh Women's cricket team and also one of the best players among other women cricketers. Salma is also one of three players to have played all matches for Bangladesh National Women's cricket team till date.

“I always felt that if boys could do it, I could also do the same.”
Salma Khatun, Bangladesh Team Captain

BAN

INDIA

Harmanpreet Kaur 29, plays as an all-rounder for the Indian women's cricket team and was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award for Cricket in the year 2017 by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, India. She made her ODI debut at age of 20 against arch-rivals Pakistan women's in March 2009 in the 2009 Women's Cricket World Cup played at Bradman Oval, Bowral. Winning many accolades along her cricket career, she been known to hit the ball a long way as well as taking 9 wickets in a Test Match. In December 2017, she was named as one of the players in the ICC Women's T20I Team of the Year.

“The biggest struggle was to get 11 girls on the field to make a team.”
Harmanpreet Kaur, India Team Captain

IND

MALAYSIA

Winifred Anne Duraisingam 25, will lead Malaysia team into the ACC Women’s Asia Cup 2018 here in Kuala Lumpur come June. This Selangor born lass has the charisma and leadership qualities to lead the team into the 29th SEA Games Women’s T20 championship. Winnie started cricket at the tender age of 9 playing with her brothers and friends on the streets. She became the opening bowler for Malaysia when she first played for the country and is still the opening bowler 11 years on. She has honed her skills to become an all-rounder, and bowls right-arm medium.

“A great opportunity to play with top teams, Malaysia will put in 100% and improve ourselves with the experience.”
Winifred Duraisingam, Malaysia Team Captain

MAL

PAKISTAN

Bismah Maroof, 26 represented Pakistan at age 15 at a time when the Pakistan women’s team was newly formed and most players were inexperienced and new. Bismah, born in Lahore, is a batting allrounder, with a left-handed batting style and right-arm legbreak bowling style. In October 2017, she was made Captain of the Pakistan ODI team leading a 14 member squad against New Zealand. Bismah returned from injury to lead the national side and a drastic change in her team members, Bismah’s first task was to unite the team on the field. The series against New Zealand in November 2017, which also comprised 4 T20Is, was played in Sharjah Cricket Stadium, UAE.

“We need to perform for the next generation’s sake.”
Bismah Maroof, Pakistan Team Captain

PAK

SRI LANKA

Shashikala Siriwardena, 33 has captained Sri Lanka Women in 49 WODI matches with 18 wins, 29 losses and 2 no results, and she is the Sri Lankan Women cricketer to captained internationally in most number of times. She is regarded as the best Women cricketer to play the game for Sri Lanka. Currently, Shashikala is the second highest WODI run scorer for Sri Lanka with 1,554 runs in 87 matches. She is the highest WODI wicket taker for Sri Lanka as well, with 101 wickets including 6 four-wicket hauls. With this feat, Shashikala is the first and only Sri Lankan women cricketer to get 100 wickets in WODI history.

“We will strive to compensate (without Chamari and Ama Kanchana) and stage a good fight...”
Shashikala Siriwardena, Sri Lanka Team Captain

SRI

THAILAND

Sornnarin Tippoch 29, is a Thai cricketer. She captained the Thailand women's national cricket team in the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifier in February 2017 and the KL2017 SEA Games in August 2017 in which Thailand won the Gold medal. Charismatic Sornnarin has played cricket for the past 10 years, after switching from softball, saying that softball improved her hand-eye coordination which is crucial as a cricket player. Her batting style is Left-hand bat and her fielding position is Wicketkeeper. Sornnarin will captain Thailand women’s team at the ACC Women’s Asia Cup 2018 in Kuala Lumpur from 1st – 11th June 2018.

“We will strive to compensate (without Chamari and Ama Kanchana) and stage a good fight...”
Sornnarin Tippoch, Thailand Team Captain

THA

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Filed June 2nd, 2018