The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is set to launch a U-17 Women's talent hunt programme ahead of the U-19 Women's World Cup, according to BCB director Shafiul Alam Chowdhury Nadel.
Keeping in mind the situation, the entire programme will be conducted online. "The ICC is going to host Women's U-19 World Cup. We have to face some limitations while hosting age-level Women's tournaments. That's why we are launching this programme," said Nadel.
The BCB are looking to strengthen the pipeline and ahead of the World Cup later this year, the board in association with the game development and women's wing is going to take measures to form strong age-level teams. Nadel mentioned, "We already have started the selection procedure with the help of district-level coaches. The board is keen to prepare good U-17 teams in every district. As a result, we not only will have a good base but also will be able to form a strong national team."
The participants have been told to record their skills on camera and send them to the E-mail address of the BCB or via Whatsapp/Viber/IMO. The footages will be collected from January 7 to 17. The participants cannot be born before September 1, 2003, and after 31 August 2006.
Nadel stated that the programme will be coordinated by the district-level coaches and the game development and BCB's women's wing will also be involved when necessary.
Some 60 cricketers will be selected initially assessing the video footages. Then 35 to 40 will be shortlisted and finally, 24 cricketers will become part of the BCB's long-term plan. "Our main target is to find out players who can represent different parts of the country in the national team," Nadel commented.