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Women cricketers eager to join war against virus

Sports Reporter, Dhaka
Women cricketers eager to join war against virus

Women cricketers are elated with the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB's) decision to provide financial assistance to them during the ongoing lockdown period. On Monday, the BCB announced a one-time monetary support for all contracted and non-contracted women cricketers. Earlier, it had announced a similar type of financial assistance for all non-contracted male cricketers participating in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) for the 2019-20 season.

As per the announcement, each woman cricketer will receive a one-time amount of Tk. 20,000.00 from the board to meet their expenses during the lockdown. Officials in the BCB women's wing have also praised the cricket board's decision to stand by the women cricketers at a critical time.  Tawhid Mahmood, who is in charge of the BCB women’s wing, appreciated BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon for the timely decision. He said the monetary assistance was needed for women cricketers who are out of the BCB contract.

“I’m thankful to the BCB for taking this step. It’s obviously a big thing for women cricketers. The monetary assistance in this time of crisis will be really helpful for them,” said Salma Khatun, captain of the women's national T20 team. “Many people have been suffering from the coronavirus. I can imagine the mental state of distressed families. My heart goes out to them. But we can’t do anything for them at present because most of the national team players went to their respective home districts. But we've been thinking about how to help such families,” she added.

Women's national one-day team captain Rumana Ahmed also praised the BCB's initiative, saying that the monetary assistance would especially benefit non-contracted players. “The news gladdened my heart. National team players get a monthly salary. But players out of the national team are not being able to earn anything due to the lockdown enforced to prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus,” she added. “No game is being played anywhere in the country because of the coronavirus outbreak. Many women cricketers are facing financial troubles. The BCB's decision to stand by these players deserves plaudits,” she explained.

Women cricketers are also eager to participate in the war against the coronavirus. They expressed their wish to help distressed people. “Right now, players can't communicate with each other to form a strategy to help the poor. But we want to help poor people at this time. Hopefully, we'll be able to do so in a very short time,” said Rumana Ahmed. Jahanara Alam, another national team player, thanked the BCB for the much-needed monetary assistance. She said the financial support will help women cricketers to meet their necessary expenses.

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