Former Opening Batter Nahida Khan has been appointed as the Manager of the Pakistan Women’s cricket team for the upcoming South Africa series.
The Pakistan Women’s cricket team is coming from a six-month-long break in International cricket. They were last involved in an ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa in February earlier this year. They just managed to get a solitary victory under their belt, which came against Ireland in their World Cup campaign.
The Pakistan women’s team is all set to play their first-ever home series as they host South Africa for a three-match T20I series followed by a three-match ODI series. The limited-overs series will commence on 1st September 2023.
The 36-year-old Nahida Khan, former Pakistan opening batter, has been appointed as the team manager for the upcoming South Africa series in the absence of Ayesha Ashhar who will resume her role in the Asian Games which is scheduled later in the month of September. Nahida Khan announced her retirement from International cricket earlier this year, on 15th June 2023.
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Former international cricketer Nahida Khan has been appointed as the manager of the Pakistan women’s team for the forthcoming South Africa women’s series.
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She made her debut at the international level on 7th February 2009, in an ODI against Sri Lanka. She has represented Pakistan for a total number of 120 times across formats (66 ODIs and 54 T20Is). In the ODIs, she scored 1410 runs in 62 innings with an average of 23.50. Her tally of runs included eight half-centuries with a career-best score of 79 against South Africa in June 2017. She holds the record for the most number of catches in an innings (4) in Women’s ODIs In the T20Is she has scored over 500 runs (604) in 52 innings with a strike rate of 78.64.
She will be joined by former cricketer Kamran Hussain as the bowling coach, Mauhtashim Rashid as the interim head coach, and Taufiq Umar as the batting coach of the side, as far as the management unit is concerned. A few of the other members of the support personnel include Asfand Yar (Strength and conditioning coach), Zubair Ahmed (Analyst), Rifat Asghar Gill (Physiotherapist), and Syed Nazir Ahmed (Media Manager).