CPL T20 2023

Asian Games: Pakistan women’s cricket squad announced

Pakistan’s senior women’s cricket squad for the upcoming Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, has been announced. The 15-member team includes some promising new talents, such as left-arm spinner Anoosha Nasir and right-handed batter Shawaal Zulfiqar, who have impressed in recent ICC Under 19 Women’s T20 World Cup and Emerging Women’s Teams Asia Cup performances.

Captain Nida Dar expressed her excitement about leading the team and the privilege of being part of Pakistan women’s cricket history at the Asian Games. The squad aims to secure a hat-trick of gold medals, having won the previous two editions in 2010 and 2014.

However, there was disappointment at the absence of Bismah Maroof, who had to opt out of the tournament due to the Asian Games’ regulations prohibiting athletes from bringing their children. The skipper praised the dedication and talent of her team and was confident that they would perform well on the big stage.

The squad selection was made after careful consideration by the women’s selection committee, led by Saleem Jaffar, along with head coach Mark Coles and captain Nida Dar. Chief Selector Saleem Jaffar mentioned that the chosen squad represents the future of women’s cricket in Pakistan, combining emerging talents with experienced players.

The Asian Games provide a significant platform for young players to showcase their skills internationally. Tania Mallick, the head of women’s cricket, expressed her enthusiasm for the event and emphasized the importance of camaraderie and representing the country with pride.

Before the Asian Games, Pakistan women’s team will play a home series against South Africa, consisting of three T20Is and three ODIs, from September 1 to 14 in Karachi.

The squad for the bilateral series will be announced later. Additionally, Ayesha Naseem, who participated in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, expressed her desire to retire from cricket, which the board accepted.

The team is eager to perform their best and bring home the coveted title for the third time. Despite the absence of Bismah Maroof, the squad is confident and ready to take on the tough competition and create more memorable moments for Pakistan women’s cricket.

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