PCB announce women’s T20I, ODI squad against South Africa

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The chief selector of Pakistan women’s cricket team Urooj Mumtaz on Saturday announced the 15-member T20I and ODI squad for ICC Women’s Championship fixture against South Africa.

Both the squads will be led by Bismah Maroof while Urooj and team made one change in the ODI squad which last defeated West Indies 2-1 in the UAE. Uncapped spinner Rameen Shamim has replaced off-spinner Saba Nazir, while Jaweria Rauf, who last appeared in an ODI in 2014, will make a comeback.

On the other hand, Jaweria Rauf and Kainat Imtiaz have made it to the national squad as Anam Amin and Natalia Pervaiz will not go with the team to South Africa to participate in the shorter format of the game.

The selection committee’s head Urooj thinks that they have given equal chances to all the performers of the last couple of series.

“Players have been rewarded for their strong contribution in the series against West Indies and some new girls who were under consideration are given a chance in upcoming series against the Proteas,” Urooj said while speaking to the media at National Stadium Karachi.

To a query about developing new players and giving them opportunities, Urooj said that they are working to expand the players’ pool and more girls are finding their ways to prove mettle.

“We are considering young players but before that, we need to build more girls in the back up which will help us bring new faces in the team,’ said Urooj, while adding that the ODI series is more important for them as it is a part of ICC Women’s Championship.

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. The tour will be part of ICC Women’s Championship.

ODI Squad: Bismah Maroof (captain), Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Diana Baig, Javeria Wadood Khan, Jaweria Rauf, Kainat Imtiaz, Nahida Khan, Nashra Sundhu, Nida Dar, Rameen Shamim, Sana Mir, Sidra Amin, Sidra Nawaz (wicketkeeper), Omaima Sohail

T20I Squad: Bismah Maroof (captain), Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Diana Baig, Iram Javed, Javeria Wadood Khan, Jaweria Rauf, Kainat Imtiaz, Nashra Sundhu, Nida Dar, Rameen Shamim, Sana Mir, Sidra Amin, Sidra Nawaz (wicketkeeper), Omaima Sohail

Reserve players: Fatima Sana, Muneeba Ali, Saba Nazir, Fareeha Mehmood

Tour schedule

6 May – 1st ICC Women’s Championship 50-over match, Potchefstroom
9 May – 2nd ICC Women’s Championship 50-over match, Potchefstroom
12 May – 3rd ICC Women’s Championship 50-over match, Benoni
15 May – 1st  T20I match, Pretoria
18 May – 2nd T20I match, Pietermaritzburg
19 May – 3rd T20I match, Pietermaritzburg
22 May – 4th T20I match, Benoni
23 May – 5th T20I match, Benoni

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