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Bangladesh Skipper Joins WBBL Squad

29 November 2017

Bangladesh women’s captain Rumana Ahmed will join the WBBL Brisbane Heat as an ICC Rookie for the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League.

The leg-spinning all-rounder is one of eight players from around the world who will be placed with a WBBL club for the third season of the competition.

The joint initiative between Cricket Australia (CA) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) will see cricketers from Scotland, Bangladesh, Ireland, Papua New Guinea and the Netherlands head to Australia to join to each of clubs.

Rumana will link with the Heat for almost three weeks from January 10 to provide her with additional exposure and experience.

The 26-year-old was appointed Bangladesh captain in February this year and said the prospect of joining the WBBL was significant.

“The WBBL is the only franchisee-based tournament for women and is very competitive,’’ she said.

“Every women cricketer wants to be a part of it. The coverage of the event will be worldwide and that’s a big incentive. This experience is bound to make me a better all-round professional and player."

Rumana has played 20 ODIs and 31 T20Is for Bangladesh, famously becoming the first Bangladesh woman to take a hat-trick in international cricket in September 2016 against Ireland, helping them to win a series decider against the Irish..

In its third consecutive season, the placement will provide the players the opportunity to experience elite cricket environments, accelerate their development through training sessions and to take back what they have learnt to their respective national teams.

ICC Women’s Cricket Officer, Holly Colvin said:

“The ICC is delighted to be working with Cricket Australia and the Women’s Big Bash League to provide the opportunity to eight upcoming talents of the game outside of the ICC Women’s Championship through the ICC Rookie Placement Program.”

“This wouldn’t be possible without the support of the WBBL clubs, Cricket Australia and the Member Federations of the selected rookies. The women’s game has gained significant momentum this year and it is an exciting time for the eight rookies as we invest in the growth of the sport.”

A blockbuster opening weekend for the Rebel WBBL|03 will launch the Big Bash summer, following the resounding success of the second season of the WBBL.

The carnival-style weekend across Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December will feature four matches in Sydney, broadcast live on Network Ten’s main channel, as well as two matches in Adelaide that will be livestreamed.

Across the season, 12 matches of the WBBL will be broadcast on Network Ten, with all remaining matches livestreamed on the CA Live platform.

The Heat will be in action on Sunday 10 December.