A 26-player squad was announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday for the West Indies tour from which players for the national and A team will be selected for the white-ball matches against the West Indies women starting June 30.
The tour comprises the national team taking on the home team in 5 One-Day Internationals, 3 T20 Internationals, and the A team taking on their counterparts in 3 T20 matches and 3 One Day matches. In total, there would be 14 Matches played on this tour.
Pakistan Women’s tour of West Indies Announced!
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Javeria Khan, who has the experience of playing 106 One-Day Internationals and 102 T20 Internationals, will lead the national side for their white-ball contest against the women in maroon, and Rameen Shamim, who has played 2 One-Day Internationals and 4 T20 Internationals will lead Pakistan’s A team in the 50-over matches while wicketkeeper Sidra Nawaz will lead the A team in the T20s.
All 26 players will be available for the 14 matches played within a span of 19 days.
Urooj Mumtaz, the chairperson of the national women’s selection committee, said: “This is a historic occasion in the history of Pakistan women’s cricket as for the first time the national side and the ‘A’ team are traveling together.
“The Caribbean tour presents a phenomenal opportunity for our core group of cricketers to showcase their performances and further cement places for the 2021-22 season, which promises to be an exciting one for women’s cricket.”
“These 26 players have been involved in all our high-performance camps over the past nine months and have put in the hard yards under the national coaching staff led by David Hemp. The group has prepared with high intensity and purpose. They remain focused and determined to put up winning performances.” she added.
Talking about Pakistan’s last encounter with the West Indies, she said, “Our last bilateral series with the West Indies produced quality competitive cricket. The closely fought T20I series was witnessed by a passionate crowd of young girls in Karachi. We then went on to record a historic 2-1 ODI series win with an extraordinary fight to come back from behind. I am hopeful that there will be quality cricket on display as we aim to further improve our world standing and continue to push to become top contenders on the world stage.”
The Pakistan team arrived in Lahore on the morning of June 21 and will leave for the West Indies in the early hours of Wednesday, June 23. The team and the support staff will go through a COVID test on Monday afternoon and if negative, only will board the plane. Upon their arrival in West Indies, they will be tested several times during their 5-day isolation.
The 26-players squad is set to be divided into the national side and the ‘A’ side upon their arrival in the Caribbean.
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Pakistan’s squad- Javeria Khan (captain, national team), Rameen Shamim (One-Day captain, ‘A’ team), Sidra Nawaz (T20 captain, A team), Aliya Riaz, Aiman Anwar, Anam Amin, Ayesha Naseem, Ayesha Zafar, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Iram Javed, Jaweria Rauf, Kainat Imtiaz, Kaynat Hafeez, Maham Tariq, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui (wk), Nahida Khan, Najiha Alvi (wk), Nashra Sundhu, Natalia Parvaiz, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Saba Nazir, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Amin, and Syeda Aroob Shah