Baseball was only introduced to Bangladesh in 2006, but it has already now held four women’s national championships. While that number might seem insignificant, it is the eighth largest total for any country and ahead of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the U.S. Although women’s baseball does not boast many players in the world’s most densely populated non-microstate, it has grown quickly since the first tournament in 2017.
The class of women’s baseball in the South Asian nation is Bangladesh Ansar, the sporting side of a federal uniformed service that provides village security. Joining them in the tournament were Bangladesh Police, plus returnees Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (BKSP, the National Sports Institute), Dhaka District, and Savar Community Club. Debutants included Gazirchat, Narail District, and Sand Angel Baseball Club. The eight teams were divided into two groups in a single-elimination format.
The 2020 edition was dominated once more by Ansar. It breezed through the first two games easily and then defeated perennial silver medalist Bangladesh Police in the championship game, 17-10. Sand Angel claimed the bronze through run differential in its first appearance, the fourth straight year in which a rookie club took third place, though time will tell whether Sand Angel will follow their lead and fail to return to any other tournament.
In four tournaments, Ansar has yet to lose a game in 12 tries and has outscored its opponents 177-34. The Police team are no minnows, either, going 8-0 with a 107-20 run differential against all other teams while holding a separate national championship just for police clubs.
A feature on women’s baseball in the country will be released in October. In the meantime, this week’s results follow.
IV Women’s National Championship (2020)
Ansar 29 – Savar Community 4
Police 15 – Sand Angel 4
Final: Ansar 17 – Police 10
Photo courtesy of Yubaer Bin.