Pakistan’s prolific batter, Javeria Khan has been given the responsibility by the International Cricket Council to lead the multi-nation Women’s Global Development squad that will play six T20s in England, starting from July 29.
The ICC arranges these tours for women cricketers outside from the leading countries to provide them better exposure and play against the best cricketers of the world.
The second highest T20 run-scorer for Pakistan, Khan is honoured to perform the captaincy duties for the Women’s Global Development squad and is looking forward to share her experience with her inexperienced counterparts.
“It has always been my desire to experience such opportunities and I am sure this new and exciting opportunity will pave the way for a lot of learning which will help me further improve my game. I aim to pass on my experience to the members of my squad while at the same time I would look at improving my own game in terms of both the mental side and skillset,” she said.
Despite playing around 200 international matches for Pakistan, the right-handed batter is looking to make the most out of this opportunity and learn from her teammates from different countries about their culture and approach towards the game.
“I am looking forward to enjoying and experiencing companionship with players from different nationalities who are gathering for the event. This program will not only acquaint me with their culture, but also with their approach towards the game. I would also be keen on sharing my knowledge of the game that I have acquired by representing my country around the world at some of the biggest stages of women’s cricket,” she added.
Women’s Global Development squad will play against teams that feature the top players of the world including Suzie Bates, Stefanie Taylor, Marizanne Kapp, Dane van Niekerk, Lizelle Lee and others.
The WGDS squad
Javeria Khan (Pakistan, captain), Jahanara Alam, Fargana Hoque (both Bangladesh), Christina Gough (Germany), Celeste Raack (Ireland), Denise van Deventer (Netherlands), Brenda Tau, Ravini Oa (both PNG), Abtaha Maqsood, Hannah Rainey, Becky Glen (all Scotland), Sugetha Kalyanaraman Chandhrasekar (USA). Coach: Michael Ndiko (Uganda); Mentor coach: Laura Macleod (England).
Monday, 29 July: WGDS v England Women’s Academy (10h30 and 13h30) – Cranleigh CC, Surrey
Wednesday, 31 July: WGDS v Southern Vipers (10h30), WGDS v Surrey Stars (13h30) – Aldershot CC, Hampshire
Friday, 2 August: WGDS v Surrey Stars (10h30), WGDS v Southern Vipers (13h30) – New Malden, Surrey