Pakistan Cricket Board had announced last month that they will be organizing a Women’s High-Performance Camp from May 29 in Multan. But now the camp will be shifted to Karachi and the camp there will begin from June 9.
The camp now will be held at Hanif Mohammad High-Performance Centre in Karachi. The pitches and two grounds, which were under maintenance earlier, are now ready to host the women players as a part of their preparation for the upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers later this year and the ICC Women’s World Cup in early 2022.
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After spending the last week in Inzamam-ul-Haq High-Performance Centre, the players will spend the next 18 days in Karachi as a part of the previously designed 25-day training camp which will conclude on June 22. The players and support staff will be in a bio-secure bubble and will be tested for COVID-19 on their arrival in Karachi. They will be staying at a local hotel in Karachi.
Women’s national cricket team head coach David Hemp: “We had a good outing in Multan in terms of the players and staff coming together and understanding the training plans. We are given some excellent facilities and accommodation which greatly helped in the last one week.”
When asked about the reason as to why they decided to shift the training in the middle of the camp, he said, “The idea was always to move to Karachi once the pitches and grounds were ready for use at the Hanif Mohammad High-Performance Centre. The conditions in Karachi are always good for cricket, we will get some game time which will be hugely beneficial for the girls besides the opportunity of working on their skills.”
“We have some important assignments coming up hence we want to have the girls fully prepared for the challenges with their fitness levels at their best. A lot of skill work was done in the earlier camp as well as in Multan and we will proceed with the same plans in Karachi.”
Before competing in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifiers later this year, the women’s team will battle it out against the English women at home in a limited over series this October.