The former captain of Pakistan women cricket team Urooj Mumtaz has been appointed as the new chairman of a three-person new selection committee, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Wednesday.
The newly appointed Managing Director of PCB Wasim Khan made this announcement as the board is keen to further strengthen the women’s game in the country.
This is happening for the first time that the women’s selection committee would be comprised of only women cricketers.
The other two members of the committee are former cricketers Marina Iqbal and Asmavia Iqbal. Asmavia was also a member of Jalal-ud-din led selection committee which completed their tenure last year.
The newly appointed committee will select a side for the upcoming ICC Women’s Championship fixture away in South Africa in May.
On the other hand, Aisha Jalil has been made the team manager while Ayesha Ashhar has been assigned the responsibility for planning and coordinating International cricket.
Wasim said that women’s cricket is their top priority and they will take every possible measure to improve its status.
“We have selected the new selection committee after consulting with the last committee and hope that these ladies will go long way to accelerate the women’s cricket,” he said.
The MD said that Urooj is a member of PCB’s cricket committee which will help her put women’s status strongly in front of the board. “The chairman and we all want women’s cricket progressing and for that Urooj will play an important role,” he said.
Wasim stressed upon the need to increase the players’ pool in order to make their bench stronger. “Our vision is to provide women cricketers an open environment to help them flourish their skills,” he said.
Urooj thanked the PCB for believing in her skills and assured to give her best to push the stature of women’s cricket high. “There is a need to exhibit high approach in our players. They need to adjust themselves in modern day cricket and I believe that our girls have the potential to meet International standards,” she said with a hope to encourage more girls towards cricket.
It is pertinent to mention here that Asmavia Iqbal had played 92 ODIs and 68 T20Is for Pakistan, Marina Iqbal represented Pakistan in 36 ODIs and 42 T20Is while Urooj Mumtaz wore green in 38 ODIs and nine T20Is.