The Skills2Shine is a great initiative by PCB to groom and give a platform to grass-root level players especially to identify potential players ahead of ICC Women’s U19 Cricket World Cup. In 2021, U18 T20 Women Cricket Championship will commence from 18th November and finale will be played on 24th November in a single-league basis, with the group matches at Bagh-e-Jinnah Cricket Ground and the final at Aitchison College Ground.
Four-teams will take part in this tournament. The teams have been selected after week-long trials across the country in which over 900 girls turned up. Players have been balanced equally to offer equality and healthy competition.
The squads were finalized by the national women’s selection committee comprising of Urooj Mumtaz (chairperson), Asmavia Iqbal and Marina Iqbal. The excellent players emerging from here will go through a 16-day specialized academy program, which will focus on skills, fitness and athlete development training.
“It is extremely important that we start preparing for the U19 Women’s World Cup in 2021 and this is our first step,” said Mumtaz, the chair of national women’s selection committee.“Women’s cricket has seen rapid growth over the past few years and we were overwhelmed by the response from the girls in the trials,” she added. “The importance of age-group cricket taking place is twofold; this will help us in increasing the player pool of women cricketers in the country along with having a pathway program from junior to senior cricket.
“The players will go through state-of-the-art programs at the PCB’s high-performance centers addressing all the attributes of the game from the onset of their cricketing careers. This will improve the standard of women’s cricket in the country along with developing good quality athletes feeding into the Pakistan setup,” she said.