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Pakistan Women’s Squad for South Africa Series: Ahead of the much-awaited South Africa Women tour of Pakistan 2023, the hosts announced the squad for both ODI and T20I series scheduled to play between September 1 to September 14.
PCB Announce Pakistan Women’s Squad for South Africa Series
South African Women and Pakistan Women will play a total of 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs during the series. Notably, all 6 matches of the series will b played at National Stadium, Karachi.
The first T20I match of the series will be played on September 1 while the second and final T20Is will be played on September 03 and 05. The T20I series will be followed by three ODIs taking place at the same venue on 8, 11 and 14 September.
Nida Dar has been named as the captain of the Pakistan Women’s squad for both the ODI and T20I series. Leg-spinner Syeda Aroob Shah who last featured for Pakistan in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020 made a comeback in the T20I squad after more than three years.
All-rounder Natalia Parvaiz, who last turned out for Pakistan in 2018, is back in the T20I side and is also named as a reserve player in the ODI squad.
Uncapped wicketkeeper-batter Najiha Alvi has also been added to the 15-member T20I squad. Off-spinner Umm-e-Hani, who has featured in one ODI is also part of the T20I squad.
The squads were finalised after deliberations amongst the women’s selection committee led by Saleem Jaffar and captain Nida Dar.
Chief Selector Saleem Jaffar said: “After careful consideration, we have decided to bring Syeda Aroob Shah and Natalia Parvaiz back into the fold in the T20I format. Their recent performances and improved fitness have been remarkable, and we believe they will bring a new dimension to the team.
“Umm-e-Hani’s inclusion in both squads is based on her exceptional off-spin abilities. With the pitches in Karachi favouring spinners, we are confident that she will play a crucial role in our bowling attack.
“To bolster our fast-bowling department, we have selected Waheeda Akhter in the ODI squad. With Diana Baig and Fatima Sana leading our pace attack, it’s essential to have cover for them. These two fast bowlers have proven themselves to be pivotal in ODI cricket, especially considering the use of two new balls.”
Pakistan Women T20I squad for South Africa series
Nida Dar (c), Aliya Riaz, Bismah Maroof, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Muneeba Ali, Najiha Alvi (wk), Nashra Sundhu, Natalia Parvaiz, Sadaf Shamas, Sadia Iqbal, Shawaal Zulfiqar, Sidra Amin, Syeda Aroob Shah and Umm-e-Hani
Reserves – Anoosha Nasir, Omaima Sohail and Waheeda Akhtar
Pakistan Women ODI squad for South Africa series
Nida Dar (c), Aliya Riaz, Bismah Maroof, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Ghulam Fatima, Muneeba Ali, Nashra Sundhu, Omaima Sohail, Sadaf Shamas, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Amin, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Umm-e-Hani and Waheeda Akhtar
Reserves – Najiha Alvi, Natalia Parvaiz and Tuba Hassan