All three captains gear up for Women’s T20 Cup in Karachi

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Bismah Maroof (captain of PCB Challengers), Rameen Shamim (captain of PCB Blasters) and Nahida Khan (captain of PCB Dynamites) are looking forward to a competitive Women’s T20 Cup at National Stadium Karachi (NSK), starting from January 9.

The skipper of Pakistan women’s team Bismah appreciated the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for organizing this event before the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

“I think it’s a good initiative taken by the PCB to conduct this tournament before mega T20 World Cup. This will open opportunities for the players to pull the attention of selectors before the extravaganza,” Bismah said while talking to the media ahead of the tournament.

The right-handed batswoman is hoping for a competitive tournament and wants more youngsters to come forward and showcase their talent. “I think its an opportunity for youngsters to come forward and showcase their talent,” she said.

Meanwhile, Nahida also praised the PCB for setting up a platform for players to put their strong case in front of selectors before the World Cup. “As Bismah said, this event will pave the way for players to leave an impression before World Cup,” Nahida said.

On the other hand, young captain Rameen Shamim is looking forward to gaining captaincy experience by playing alongside some experienced contenders. “It’s an opportunity for me to contest alongside players like Bismah, Rameen, Sana. I will try to give my best and lead my team from the front,” she said.

Squads

PCB Blasters: Rameen Shamim (c), Aliya Riaz, Anum Amin, Ayesha Nasim, Hurraini Sajjad, Javeria Khan, Javeria Rauf, Maham Tariq, Natalia Pervaiz, Neha Sharmin Nadeem, Noreen Yaqoob, Sadaf Shams, Sidra Nawaz, and Tuba Hassan

Team officials – Waqar Orakzai (coach), Shakir Qayyum (assistant coach), Malaka Mansoor (manager) and Riffat Asghar Gill (Physiotherapist)

PCB Challengers: Bismah Maroof (c), Aiman Anwar, Aroob Shah, Ayesha Zafar, Fatima Sana, Hafsa Khalid, Muneeba Ali, Najiha Alvi, Nida Dar, Saba Nazir, Sadia Iqbal, Waheeda Akhtar, Hafsa Amjad, and Khadija Chishti

Team officials – Amir Iqbal (coach), Shahid Mehmood (assistant coach), Aisha Jalil (manager) and Saima Malik (physiotherapist)

PCB Dynamites: Nahida Khan (c), Diana Baig, Fareeha Mehmood, Ghulam Fatima, Irum Javed, Kainat Hafeez, Kainat Imtiaz, Lubna Behram, Masooma Jaffri, Nashra Sandhu, Omaima Sohail, Sana Mir, Sidra Amin, and Umme Hani

Team officials – Kamran Hussain (coach), Ali Niazi (assistant coach), Rabail Khalid (manager) and Sajida Fajar (physiotherapist)

Complete schedules

Thursday, 9 Jan: PCB Blasters v PCB Dynamites, 12 pm – Match referee: Ahmer Saeed, On-field umpires: Khalid Mahmood Snr and Nazir Butt

Friday, 10 Jan: PCB Blasters v PCB Challengers, 12 pm – Match referee: Ali Gohar, On-field umpires: Imtiaz Iqbal and Saleema Imtiaz

Saturday, 11 Jan: PCB Dynamites v PCB Challengers, 12 pm – Match referee: Athar Liaq, On-field umpires: Alay Haider and Abdul Qayyum

Sunday, 12 Jan: PCB Dynamites v PCB Blasters, 12 pm – Match referee: Amiruddin Ansari, On-field umpires: Shamim Ansari and Shakeel Ahmed

Monday, 13 Jan: PCB Challengers v PCB Blasters, 12 pm – Match referee: Aleem Moosa, On-field umpires: Tahir Rasheed and Azizur Rehman

Tuesday, 14 Jan: PCB Challengers v PCB Dynamites, 12 pm – Match referee: Mohammad Javed, On-field umpires: Imran Jawed and Nuzhat Sultana

Thursday, 16 Jan: FINAL, 7 pm – Match referee: Iftikhar Ahmed, On-field umpires: Khalid Mahmood Snr and Imtiaz Iqbal

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