Trailblazer Salma sees more Bangladesh players in ‘Women’s IPL’

All-rounder Salma Khatun believes her performance in the just-concluded Women’s T20 Challenge in United Arab Emirates would pave the way for more players from Bangladesh in the franchise T20 tournament.

The 30-year-old helped Trailblazers win the Women’s T20 Challenge, also called the Women’s IPL, for the first time in her debut campaign.

Talking to reporters over phone from UAE following the victory, Salma said she was happy to make her country proud at the international stage.

“I tried to do my best. I came as an all-rounder and I believe I have done well and kept the honour of the country,” said Salma, who took three wickets for 18 runs as the Trailblazers beat two-time defending champions Supernovas by 16 runs in the final in Sharjah last night. 

Salma had taken one wicket in the previous game after remaining wicketless in the first, even though her economy rate has always been extraordinary. 

Salma became the second player from Bangladesh to be part of this competition after Jahanara Alam, who played for Velocity. Even though Jahanara’s team could not make it to the final of the three-team competition, only falling short on net run-rate, she played a tremendous hand in beating Supernovas in their opening game, taking two crucial wickets. 

Salma said if there were more teams, more players from Bangladesh would have been called up for this tournament.

“I believe we have more girls capable of playing in the IPL. Since its only three teams, they could not get in but if there are more teams I am sure two to three more players from Bangladesh would get called up.”

The Bangladesh captain, who hails from Khulna, said following a tough quarantine period of six days in the hotel UAE, she slowly got along with the other players of her team and earned respect of them.

She also expressed her gratitude towards Bangladesh Cricket Board for giving them the opportunity to train following months of being away from cricket due to the pandemic. 

“Touhid bhai of the women’s wing gave me the news of IPL and he helped me a great deal through the process including training. The cricket board gave us the opportunity to train both in day and in night since the IPL matches would be day/night affairs. I thank them all,” said Salma. 


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