Pakistan has announced a squad for the Common Wealth games 2022 & what comes as a surprise for all is that the PCB has retained the same team that has registered a clean sweep against Sri Lanka. The retained Pakistan squad will travel to the UK where they will compete in a tri-series against Ireland & Australia followed by Commonwealth Games in England.
The squad which will be led by Bismah Marrof was finalized after the deliberations amongst Asmavia Iqbal, the national women team’s chief selector, head coach David Hemp, and captain Bismah Maroof. 18 players have been included in the squad comprising three reserve players- Ghulam Fatima, Sadaf Shamas, and Umme Hani.
Chief Selector Asmavia Iqbal said, “Following a successful series against Sri Lanka, we have decided to retain the same winning combination. Not only did our senior cricketers in the side display great cricketing acumen also our youngsters were outstanding and have raised their hands whenever the team needed them to.”
“We are delighted with the start Tuba Hassan has had to her international career and feels her leg-spin will be a potent weapon for us in the days ahead. Ayesha Naseem produced a match-winning innings in the second match of the T20Is against Sri Lanka and proved her big-hitting ability.”
Head of Women Cricket, Tania Mallick said, “I want to congratulate our team for putting up a solid and dominating display in Karachi against Sri Lanka and I am sure these girls will continue their form in the ICC Women’s Championship fixtures. Our team has all the potential to do well in the United Kingdom and I wish them the very best for the tri-series and Commonwealth Games.”
Another development is that the Commonwealth games agreed to issue accreditation to Bismah’s infant daughter Fatima and her mother, who will now stay in the Commonwealth village. Initially, the Commonwealth games denied issuing accreditation for the two, asking the PCB to remove two members of their original traveling squad to accommodate them. However, according to reports the games have backtracked & will issue the accreditations without requiring a reduction in personnel elsewhere.
“I want to thank the Commonwealth Games for accepting our request to accommodate our captain Bismah Maroof’s family at the games village which will allow her to focus on the task at hand without any worries about her young infant daughter,” Mallick said while thanking Common Wealth games.
Pakistan is all set to take on T20 World Cup Champions Australia & hosts Ireland in Belfast from 16 to 24 July and play Barbados, India, and Australia in Commonwealth Games on 29, 31 July, and 3 August. Ahead of their departure to the UK on July 12, the team will undergo an extensive training session in Islamabad at the House of Northern from 1 to 11 July.
Common Wealth Games 2022: Pakistan 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.
Common Wealth Games: Pakistan’s fixtures
Tri-series at Belfast
16 July – v Australia
19 July – v Ireland
23 July – v Australia
24 July – v Ireland
Common Wealth Games at Birmingham
29 July – v Barbados
31 July – v India
3 August – v Australia
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