The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup is just two days away. All eight teams will be ready to fight it out for the all-important World Championship. A total of eight teams will be participating in this marquee event. Ahead of the World Cup, the teams played a couple of warm-up games. Pakistan has been one of the three teams, including India and England to win both their warm-up matches. Pakistan beat New Zealand on February 27 and on March 2, they defeated Bangladesh. Pakistan could not have asked for a better start than this to their World Cup campaign.
While there will be no dearth of enthusiasm among the Pakistani fans for the World Cup, they have some more good news to celebrate. On Wednesday, the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) head of women’s wing, Tania Malik announced that a PSL-style league will be held next year for women cricketers. PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja has also given approval for the same. A PSL-style league for the women cricketers was going to start this year itself, however, due to no space in the current window, the tournament has been postponed to next year.
Meanwhile, Malik appreciated Pakistan’s performance in the two warm-up games in New Zealand during a press conference at Gaddafi Stadium on Friday. She said, “Our team combination is good, and hopefully, the team can progress in the final four.”
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Malik also lauded Southern Punjab Cricket Association for taking the initiative to promote women’s cricket at the grass-root level. In view of International Women’s Day which is celebrated on March 8, a T20 match between Southern Punjab and Sindh will be played on March 4. Malik added, “Since taking office, women’s cricket has been facing difficulties. Efforts are being made to take steps for the promotion of women’s cricket and women to come forward in every field.”
Pakistan begins their World Cup campaign on March 6 as they take on India at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. India-Pakistan is certainly going to be an exciting contest and there is no doubt that the fans will be subject to thorough entertainment. Both the teams go into the World Cup with wins in two warm-up matches.
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