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PCB announces Women’s squad for Commonwealth Games, Bismah Maroof to lead 18-member side

The PCB retained all the members of the team that clean swept Sri Lanka in the recently concluded T20I series.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Updated - 8 June 2022 3:30 pm

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced an 18-member squad including three reserves for their women’s team’s next two assignments on Tuesday. The PCB retained all the members of the team that clean swept Sri Lanka in the recently concluded T20I series. Bismah Maroof will be leading the Pakistan side during their tour to England for a tri-series against Ireland and Australia and then the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The squad was finalized after deliberations amongst Asmavia Iqbal, the national women’s team’s chief selector, head coach David Hemp, and captain Bismah Maroof. The Pakistan women’s team will first take on Ireland and Australia in the tri-series in Belfast from 16 to 24 July. Then they will then compete against Barbados, India, and Australia in the Group A fixtures of the Commonwealth Games from 29 July to 3 August.

Chief Selector Asmavia Iqbal commented on the squad for the two important assignments for the Pakistan Women’s team. Iqbal lauded the players for their heroics against Sri Lanka in the home series and cited the dominating performance as the reason to retain all the players in the squad.

“Following a successful series against Sri Lanka, we have decided to retain the same winning combination. Not only our senior cricketers in the side displayed great cricketing acumen also our youngsters were outstanding and have raised their hands whenever the team needed them to,” said Asmavia.

Notably, the Bismah Maroof-led side beat Sri Lanka 3-0. Pakistan women’s team won all three games chasing a target. While Bismah Maroof led the run charts (65) in three games, young leggie Tuba Hassan was the best bowler with eight wickets in three matches.

Squad: Bismah Maroof (captain), Aimen Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Ayesha Naseem, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Gull Feroza (wicketkeeper), Iram Javed, Kainat Imtiaz, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui (wicketkeeper), Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Sadia Iqbal and Tuba Hassan.

Reserve players: Ghulam Fatima, Sadaf Shamas and Umme Hani.

Pakistan’s fixtures:

Tri-series at Belfast

16 July – v Australia

19 July – v Ireland

23 July – v Australia

24 July – v Ireland

Commonwealth Games at Birmingham

29 July – v Barbados

31 July – v India

3 August – v Australia

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