Pakistan women cricket team’s head coach Mark Coles assured to field some new female cricketers in their upcoming series of ICC Women’s Championship against South Africa.
“I am excited to see new faces contributing worthy for the team. Players like Fatima Sana, Urooba, Kainat Hafeez have made a good impression by their performances in recently concluded Inter-Departmental T20 Cup,” said Mark who is confident for the team to compete strongly against the Proteas.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan will be featured in three-match ODI series against South Africa starting from May 6. They will also play five T20I series against the hosts in their backyard.
Mark, while answering about new batting coach Iqbal Imam’s inclusion to the team management, said that his presence is an opportunity for players to learn from him as much as they can. “Obviously, Imam’s experience would benefit the girls and the former Pakistani cricketer knows the thick and thins of the game,” said Mark.
Mark, a former New Zealand cricketer, once again stressed upon the need to improve the fielding and fitness standards in the team. “As I always mention that fitness is important for our girls to win matches against big teams. They have improved a lot but still, there are some areas where we need to work hard,” he said.
The head coach praised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for bringing former women cricketers at the helm of affairs regarding women cricketers. “It was a valuable decision by the board to appoint all three former women cricketers as selectors for the team. I hope this decision would work in our favor and more new players come out,” he said.