Preview – ICC Championship Match: Pakistan vs England – 1st ODI

The England women’s cricket team is currently playing the Pakistan Women’s cricket team in Malaysia in December 2019. The tour consists of three Women’s one-day internationals which form part of the 2017-2020 ICC Women’s Championship, and three Women’s Twenty20 Internationals.

Pakistan v England 2019
Pakistan v England 2019

All of the matches are being played at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Flanked by a mosque on one side and the highway on the other, the picturesque Kinrara Oval is a welcome addition to the many venues that dot modern-day cricket’s landscape.

Pakistan have played England eight times previously in WODI matches, without recording a single win.

The first WODI match between England and Pakistan will be played on 9th December 2019.

Pakistan Women’s Cricket Team 

Former captain Sana Mir, who took a break from international cricket last week, is one of four exclusions from the ODI squad that played Bangladesh last month, along with Iram Javed, Sadia Iqbal, and Kaynat Imtiaz.

2019, in comparison, has been a virtuous year for Pakistan, who have won four and tied on the game out of eight played they played. They managed to tie the away series against South Africa, too. This series against England provides them with a chance to, if they win, qualify directly to the ICC Women’s World Cup, 2021.

Urooj Mumtaz, chair of the women’s selection committee, is confident that the squads will be able to continue Pakistan’s successful showing against Bangladesh, where they won the T20Is 3-0 and leveled the ODI series 1-1.

“The two squads have been put together after considering recent performances in international and domestic events,” she was quoted as saying by a press release. “A series against a quality side like England always brings challenges and we have put together these combinations keeping that in mind.

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ODI squad: Bismah Maroof (c), Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Aroob Shah, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Javeria Khan, Kaynat Hafeez, Nahida Khan, Nashra Sandhu, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Rameen Shamim, Sidra Amin, Sidra Nawaz

England Women’s Cricket Team 

England Women have confirmed their squad for their December tour of Malaysia, where they’ll play Pakistan in three ODIs and three IT20s.

There is a first call-up for Worcestershire leg-spinner Sarah Glenn, who impressed in last season’s Kia Super League for Loughborough Lightning, while youngster Mady Villiers retains her place from the summer. Sussex seamer Freya Davies returns to the group.

England captain Heather Knight said: “We’re looking forward to getting out there and getting back to international cricket.

“It’s been a few months since our last game and there’s been a fair bit of change in that time so this tour is an opportunity to start a new era and move forward. There’s a few younger faces in the group but also a lot of proven talent. I’m really happy with the group and we can’t wait for the next few months.”

ODI squad: Heather Knight, Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Kirstie Gordon, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Daniell Wyatt.

Can Pakistan nick up their first win over England in the ODIs? Can England put the Ashes fiasco, where they were whitewashed in the ODIs at home behind them and give it a kick all over again?

Prajakta Bhawsar

An ardent cricket admirer who grew up watching a lot of cricket. She loves reading up articles for breakfast, prefers match discussions at lunch and finishes by analyzing games for dinner. A person who views sports as a metaphor of life.

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