Last year, the ICC made a landmark decision in women’s cricket. As a result, the women’s teams of Test-playing nations are also given Test and ODI status.
Bangladesh’s women’s team had One-Day International (ODI) status but no Test status. Even though they were granted Test status a year ago, Bangladesh’s women’s team is unable to play Tests because women’s first-class cricket has yet to be introduced in the country. Bangladesh does not use the “red ball” in women’s FTP cricket.
Touhid Mahmud, the BCB women’s division coordinator, said: Now we play 50 and 20 over matches. The process of introducing red-ball cricket is underway. At least the girls have to be prepared before playing the test.
Bangladesh will play the ICC ODI Championship even though they cannot play Tests.
From 2022 to 2025, 10 teams from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, England, South Africa, Ireland and West Indies will play in the championship. Like the boys ‘World Cup Super League, the girls’ championship will feature four home series against eight teams at home and four away. Apart from England, Bangladesh will get the series against the remaining eight teams.
The top five teams in the championship will play in the One-Day International World Cup. Touhid Mahmud stated that a minimum of three matches had been scheduled. Any country, however, can host more matches if it so desires.