The Pakistani women’s cricket team is led by Javeria Khan in the away series against Bangladesh, as well as by the “home series” against Australia, which will be held in Malaysia. The 30-year-old was captained in the absence of regular skipper Bismah Maroof, who underwent surgery for sinus surgery in July, and is still recovering.
Apart from Mahroof, Pakistan will also miss the services of senior batsman Nain Abidi, who returned to the national team after the Asian Cup in June after a nearly one-year break from the national cricket team. However, opener Ayesha Zafar returns for her first international appearance since the New Zealand series at the end of last year. Pacer Kainat Imtiaz was also eliminated while the 21-year-old All-Rounder singer received her first call on both formats. Center-backs Sidra Ameen and Aliya Riaz are lining up for their national comebacks after missing the Asia Cup in Malaysia.
Pakistan will first play four T20Is and a lone ODI in Bangladesh in the first week of October before flying to Malaysia to equip Australia for three ODIs and three T20Is. The series ends on October 29th.
Team management still has the hope that Maroof will return for the Australia series, which will serve as the ideal preparation for the World T20 on the Caribbean Islands. Pakistan will face Australia again in the opening game against Australia before beating India, Ireland and New Zealand in the group.
Pakistan Women’s Team: Javeria Khan (C), Nahida Khan, Ayesha Zafar, Muneeba Ali, Sidra Ameen, Umaima Sohail, Nida Rashid, Sana Mir, Sidra Nawaz (Wk), Nashra Sandhu, Anam Amin, Natalia Pervaiz, Aliya Riaz, Diana Baig , Aiman Anwar
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