Nationwide Women’s Trials announced in Pakistan to Strengthen Talent Pool

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that it will conduct nationwide women’s trials in the month of May, in collaboration with six Cricket Associations across Pakistan. The six cricket associations are, Balochistan, Sindh, Southern Punjab, Central Punjab, Northern and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Nationwide trials will help the PCB to identify the talent across the country and form a pool of potential players who can represent Pakistan in the future.

 

Pakistan beat West Indies by 8 Wickets at Seddon Park in a rain-curtailed match. PC: ICC/Getty Images
Pakistan beat West Indies by 8 Wickets at Seddon Park in a rain-curtailed match. PC: ICC/Getty Images

 

The trials will be conducted for U19, Emerging and Senior players. The age brackets for all the three categories are announced. Players born on or after September 1, 2003 will fall under the U19 category, players in the age group of 19-24 will be eligible to give trials for Emerging category and players in the age group of 25-28 can participate in the Senior trials. These trials will be conducted by highly qualified and experienced coaches, including former Test and first-class cricketers. The U19 trials will be crucial since the inaugural ICC Women’s U19 T20 World Cup is scheduled to be played in South Africa in February 2023.

PCB’s nationwide trials for women cricketers

Category Age Criteria
U19 Born on or after September 1, 2003
Emerging Between 19 and 24 years
Senior Between 25 and 28 years
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It is important to note that the players who are part of the PCB’s regional academy system will not be eligible to participate in these trials. Just prior to this announcement with regards to nationwide trials for women cricketers, PCB had named around 100 women cricketers who will feature in the 2022-23 domestic cricket season.

Schedule for the trials

Cricket Associations Date of trials
Central Punjab May 6 – May 9
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa May 9 – May 11
Southern Punjab May 10 – May 12
Northern May 10 – May 17
Balochistan May 12
Sindh May 18 – May 28

 

Head of Women’s Cricket Tania Mallick said, “To continue the growth and evolution of women’s cricket in the country, it is very important that the game is made accessible to teenage girls and young women across the country. This initiative will help us in digging up the talented cricketers, whom we can groom and provide necessary facilities and formal training to make them become better at the game.” Mallick also extended her heartfelt gratitude to the six Cricket Associations that agreed to participate in the trials.

With regards to nationwide trials for women cricketers in Pakistan, captain Bismah Maroof said, “When I started to play cricket, there were not enough avenues for girls to take up this sport. This initiative takes cricket to the doorstep of every aspiring cricketer, and bodes well for the development of women’s cricket in the country. There is a strong interest in young girls for this game and with proper coaching, training and facilities, they will surely do wonders for the country.”

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