T20 World Cup

Rumana Ahmed named in Bangladesh T20 World Cup squad

Bangladesh women news

Experienced all-rounder Rumana Ahmed has returned after injury as Bangladesh announce a 15-member squad for the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup, which starts on 21 February in Australia.

Rumana last featured in the two-match ODI series in Pakistan in November 2019. She also captained the side and played a vital role in guiding her side to a series-levelling victory with impressive returns of 3/35 and scored 31 runs in the second match.

She was later left out from the squad that participated at the 13th South Asian Games. The all-rounder was then out with a knee injury for a brief period but has now recovered to be a part of the 20-over tournament. She will act as a deputy to regular captain Salma Khatun, who will lead the side.

"Naturally her [Rumana] return is a huge thing for us," Salma told Cricbuzz. "She is a proven cricketer for us and her experience will be immensely valuable to the team because in this kind of tournament you got to hold your nerves."

Bangladesh have also included 17-year-old Sobhana Mostary, who has only featured in one T20I while 27-year-old Lata Mondal, who has played 38 T20Is, has been excluded.

They are placed in Group A along with India, Australia, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka, and will begin their campaign on 24 February against India.

Squad: Salma Khatun (c), Rumana Ahmed (vc), Jahanara Alam, Shamima Sultana, Murshida Khatun, Ayesha Rahman, Nigar Sultana, Sanjida Islam, Khadija-Tul-Kubra, Panna Ghosh, Fargana Haque, Nahida Akhter, Fahima Khatun, Ritu Moni and Sobhana Mostary