The Pakistan Cricket Board has asked Sri Lanka Cricket for a bilateral series between the sides in June later this year. PCB has called up 27 emerging cricketers to undergo a fitness and skills training camp, starting April 3, at the Moin Khan Academy in Karachi. If the proposal is accepted by the Sri Lankan cricketing authorities, this series will give enough game time to both sides before they play in the World Cup Qualifiers later this year.
During the emerging women cricketers’ camp, the players will be supervised and trained by the national team’s staff that includes David Hemp, the head coach, Arshad Khan, the bowling coach, and Drikus Saaiman, the strength, and condition coach, along with academy coach Mohsin Kamal and Naveed Anjum.
It is believed that the PCB wants the national women’s team to play against Sri Lanka in a 50-over match series so as to prepare for the World Cup qualifying round. The qualifiers are set to be hosted in June-July this year, by Sri Lanka. The top teams in the qualifiers list will play in the Women’s World Cup which is scheduled in March-April next year in New Zealand.
Apart from the hosts New Zealand, other teams who have qualified for the world cup are India, Australia, South Africa, and England.
“This camp serves as an opportunity for the national team’s coaches to observe upcoming cricketers and provide them awareness about the desired skills and fitness levels to thrive at the apex level,” said PCB in an official statement.
The players and staff will remain under a strict bio-bubble and will be tested for COVID-19 twice, one before leaving for the camp at their respective homes and the other after their arrival at Karachi, before getting on to the field. Post their arrival, the team, and members will be accommodated in a local hotel.
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