Sultana: We look up to Australian players as role models, so it’s a big deal to play with them

This is Australia Women’s first bilateral tour of Bangladesh, where the T20 World Cup will be held later in the year.

The Bangladesh cricketers are making full use of staying in the same hotel as the Australian cricketers in Dhaka, trapping Alyssa Healy on the toaster and gathering vital information about how one of the world’s best players goes about her business.


Australia are on the field for a limited overs series comprising three ODIs and three T20Is starting on Thursday and their hosts are thoroughly thrilled.

“He is a legend of the game, so our players are looking forward to meeting him,” Bangladesh captain Nigar Sultana said. “Already our players are going to him at the breakfast table. That communication is important for us to develop as a team. Many of our players have never played against him. We look at them as role models so with them “Playing is a big accomplishment.”

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This is Australia Women’s first bilateral tour to Bangladesh, so there is huge interest in it, from players to fans to media. Sultana’s opposite number Healy said he would also like to learn from the Bangladesh players, especially about the pitches and conditions they are likely to face on this tour and beyond, given that at the end of the year T20 World Cup will be held here.

“I’m really proud of this group of guys who see growing the game as a huge responsibility,” Healy said. “That doesn’t mean pushing forward, but there are always opportunities for the sides to mingle. To talk about the game as a whole. To gain some useful experience, and not just from their side.” Is.

“I’m asking questions about playing here in Bangladesh and playing against teams that we don’t get a chance to play against. I think it goes both ways. The girls are excited to come here and be a part of this series. “Really excited about that. Hopefully those conversations will happen. I’ve already had one conversation around the toaster at breakfast today and I’m excited to have many more.”

Fatigue is a topic Healy addressed considering some of Australia’s players are returning from the recently concluded WPL in India, before which they were busy with national commitments. “I think there are some different levels of battery power in our group at the moment,” she said. “I think it’s part of the modern game. That’s exactly what’s going to happen going forward. Playing around the world 12 months of the year and managing those expectations is going to be a real challenge.

“Luckily for us, I think we have some great perspective in our group. We have Tayla Vlaeminck back in our team for the first time for a long time. Sophie Molyneux is back in the group. There’s enough perspective there if you look a little are feeling tired, there are players who are here fully prepared to play for Australia. It’s a good reminder for each of us. The group is really excited and excited to be here Yellow Don the colors and play for Australia again, which I think shows.”

Meanwhile, Sultana has described her team’s bowling as its strength. He also pointed to the bigger picture of playing against Australia at home. Bangladesh have performed quite impressively in the last 12 months, especially after narrowly defeating India in the two white-ball series. They defeated Pakistan 2-1 in a T20 series and an ODI series at home and also won two matches in South Africa.


Both Sultana and Healy welcomed the heavy media presence at the pre-match press conference. Sultana said, “When we were playing against India, the questions asked by journalists were very different. You asked whether we could win or not. I think it is a huge success for my team that you asked me these questions. Not asking.” .This time the questions are about winning and doing better. I think this is a kind of success.

“We really want to do well against Australia. They are a big team. They get facilities equal to their men’s team. We are still far away from that, but the BCB is trying. They have given us a team sponsor this time. have been found.” There is a lot of media attention at the moment, which was not there before. The word about women’s cricket will spread more. When girls know that they have a professional future in this game, they will be more interested in playing cricket.”

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