The national women’s selection committee on Monday announced a 26-player squad from which the national and ‘A’ teams will be selected for white-ball matches on the tour of the West Indies.

Javeria Khan, who has 208 international matches under her belt and is the lead run-getter for Pakistan in ODIs, will represent the national side. Rameen Shamim, who has played two ODIs and four T20s, will captain Pakistan Women’s ‘A’ in the one-day matches and wicketkeeper Sidra Nawaz, will lead the ‘A’ side in the three T20s.

The squad for the tour includes: Javeria Khan (captain, national team), Rameen Shamim (One-Day captain, ‘A’ team), Sidra Nawaz (T20 captain, A team), Aliya Riaz, Aiman Anwar, Anam Amin, Ayesha Naseem, Ayesha Zafar, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Iram Javed, Jaweria Rauf, Kainat Imtiaz, Kaynat Hafeez, Maham Tariq, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui (wk), Nahida Khan, Najiha Alvi (wk), Nashra Sundhu, Natalia Parvaiz, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Saba Nazir, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Amin, and Syeda Aroob Shah.

The Pakistan national women’s team will play West Indies in three T20Is and five ODIs and the ‘A’ side will take on their counterparts in three one-day matches and three T20s.

 

Urooj Mumtaz, the chairperson of national women’s selection committee said, “This is a rare occasion in the history of Pakistan women’s cricket as the national side and the ‘A’ team are traveling together.”

“The Caribbean tour presents a phenomenal opportunity to our core group of cricketers to showcase their performances and further cement places for the 2021-22 season, which promises to be an exciting one for women’s cricket,” she added.

Mumtaz explained the players had been preparing intensely for the past nine months under the national coaching staff led by David Hemp. “The ‘A’ team matches are a great incentive and motivation for the players at the periphery to stake a claim in the national side, as exceptional performances will be rewarded by players getting bumped up to the national side and those who are unable to perform at the top can continue to get competitive matches in the ‘A’ side.”

The last bilateral series with the West Indies had drawn a huge crowd in Karachi. This time, the 26-player contingent will depart for Antigua via London in the wee hours of Wednesday, 23 June.

The teams will undergo pre-departure Covid-19 tests and upon their arrival in Antigua, the players and officials will be tested twice in five days, during which they will be quarantined.

From : pk.mashable.com

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