Pakistan women’s cricket team begins training for England white-ball series

The Pakistan women’s cricket team has begun their training at Uptonsteel County Cricket Ground in preparation for the upcoming white-ball series against England. The training session, which lasted three hours, was closely supervised by the team’s coaches.

After arriving at Heathrow Airport in London via Dubai, the team was warmly greeted by Dr. Muhammad Faisal, the High Commissioner of Pakistan in England.

They then proceeded to Leicester, where they are set to play a warm-up match against England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Development XI on May 9.

Pakistan women’s team

The series, consisting of both T20Is and ODIs, holds significance as the ODIs are part of the ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25. This series marks Pakistan’s eighth and final engagement in the current event cycle.

Currently ranked fifth with 16 points in the championship standings, Pakistan aims to secure a spot in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2025, with the top five teams and hosts India qualifying directly.

Pakistan women’s cricket team squad

The Pakistan women’s squad for the England tour is led by Nida Dar as captain. The team comprises Aliya Riaz, Ayesha Zafar, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Gull Feroza, Muneeba Ali (wk), Najiha Alvi (wk), and Nashra Sundhu. It also includes Natalia Parvaiz, Rameen Shamim, Sadaf Shamas, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Amin, Tuba Hassan, Umm-e-Hani, and Waheeda Akhtar.

Backing the team is a dedicated support staff, including Nahida Khan as manager, Mauhtashim Rasheed as interim head coach, and Saleem Jaffar as bowling coach. Moreover, it includes Taufeeq Umar as batting coach, Hanif Malik as fielding coach, Syed Nazir Ahmed as media manager, Rabia Siddiq as physiotherapist, Zubair Ahmed as analyst, and Hina Munawar as chief security officer.

Tour schedule

  • May 9: T20 warm-up game vs ECB Development XI at Uptonsteel County Ground (11:00 am local time)
  • May 11: 1st T20I in Birmingham (2:30 pm local time)
  • May 17: 2nd T20I in Northampton (6:30 pm local time)
  • May 19: 3rd T20I in Leeds (1:00 pm local time)
  • May 21: One-day warm-up game vs ECB Development XI in Northampton (11:00 am local time)
  • May 23: 1st ODI in Derby (1:00 pm local time) (ICC Women’s Championship)
  • May 26: 2nd ODI in Taunton (11:00 am local time) (ICC Women’s Championship)
  • May 29: 3rd ODI in Chelmsford (1:00 pm local time) (ICC Women’s Championship)

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