Pakistan have named two uncapped players – wicketkeeper-batter Gull Feroza and legspinner Tuba Hassan – in their T20I squad for the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka. Feroza is also part of the squad for the ODI series, which also includes uncapped batter Sadaf Shamas. Left-arm spinner Sadia Iqbal, meanwhile, has been recalled to both squads after recovering from an injury.
Kainat Imtiaz, the pacer who had been ruled out of the Women’s World Cup earlier this year with a thumb injury, is back in the fold for the T20Is after clearing a fitness test in Karachi. Bismah Maroof will lead the side. She returns to the side after participating in the recently concluded FairBreak Invitational T20 event alongside Aliya Riaz, Diana Baig and Fatima Sana. The trio has now joined the team.
The 26 probables for the national women’s team have been training since May 8 at the Hanif Mohammad High-Performance Centre at the National Stadium in Karachi. The pre-series camp is set to conclude today with the selectors having narrowed down the squad to 15. Left-arm-spinner Nashra Sandhu, who missed the camp due to a shoulder injury, will have to wait for her return.
The series is set to start with a three-match T20I series from May 24 with the final game to be played on May 28. The ODIs that are a part of the ICC Women’s Championship will be played on June 1, 3, and 5. All games will be played at Karachi’s Southend Club.
“I want to wish the two squads the very best for the series, we have provided opportunities to Gull Feroza, Sadaf Shamas and Tuba Hassan on the basis of their future potential and skills,” Chief Selector Asmavia Iqbal said. “The three youngsters took part in the emerging camp last December and made an impression with their talent. I am pleased to see their progress and we all feel it is now the right time to give them exposure in international cricket.
“We had sent Tuba as a reserve player in the recently concluded ODI World Cup, she continues to make good progress; and since spin bowling has been a traditional strength of ours, I feel she can make a good contribution in our bowling strategy. Gull Feroza has also made good progress, she has an aggressive style of play and can provide us with brisk starts in both T20Is and ODIs which are now a big requirement at the international stage. Sadaf, besides her batting skills, provides us a bowling option too with her medium-pace skills.”
Bismah Maroof (capt), Aiman Anwer, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Ayesha Naseem, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Gull Feroza (wk), Iram Javed, Kainat Imtiaz, Muneeba Ali (wk), Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Sadia Iqbal and Tuba Hassan.
Bismah Maroof (captain), Aiman Anwer, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Ghulam Fatima, Gull Feroza, Muneeba Ali (wk), Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Sadaf Shamas, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Ameen, and Sidra Nawaz (wk).