Pakistan national women’s cricket team is all set to tour West Indies for their limited-overs series, which will commence on Wednesday, their third tour of the year. This will be their first T20I that they will be playing on the Antigua turf. The national team skipper Javeria Khan is upbeat about the tour and spoke on what significance it holds for them.
“The women’s game has suffered a great deal in the post-pandemic world,” Javeria Khan, Pakistan’s second most successful batter in the format with 1,882 runs, told pcb.com.pk. “But this tour is another great initiative from the Pakistan Cricket Board to keep the women’s game relevant in the country and keep the players involved.
“We come in this series after undergoing intense training camps in Multan and Karachi. Those camps were extremely important for all the players. Because of the lockdowns in different parts of the country, the sports activities had come to a complete halt. The camps provided a great opportunity for the cricketers to practice in a hard and tough environment, in accordance with the demand of international cricket.”
Pakistan Cricket Board announced a 26-member women’s squad for the Pakistan vs West Indies limited-overs series for the Pakistan tour of West Indies last week (June 21).
The Pakistan women’s team has made trips to West Indies for three ODI series, two T20I series and two ICC Women’s T20 World Cups previously. They have a good record on the Caribbean soil. In February 2019, they beat them 2-1 in ODIs in the ICC Women’s Championship in what was their first-ever ODI series win over them. In their most recent T20I encounter in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, they secured an easy eight-wicket win.
Javeria Khan believes that the hard work of their players will bear fruit again to beat the competitive West Indies team.
“West Indies are a quality opposition and they will be eager to do well at home. We, however, see this as an opportunity to do well and leave a mark. This team has got the potential to do it. Each and every player has worked hard to get here and come the day, I remain optimistic that they will rise to the challenge.”
The Pakistan national women’s team is slated to lock horns with West Indies in three T20Is followed by five ODIs. The T20I series will roll out on June 30 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
Pakistan squad for the West Indies tour:
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