15-player women’s s squad for white-ball series against South Africa announced

F.P. Report

LAHORE: A 15-player squad for a bilateral white-ball series against South Africa scheduled to be held next month has been announced on Friday.

The Pakistan national women team’s chief selector Saleem Jaffar announced the squad which would play three T20Is and three ODIs. The ODIs are part of the ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25.

Shawaal Zulfiqar, 18, who was also made part of Pakistan’s squad for next month’s Asian Games, has also been selected for three T20 scheduled to be held at the National Bank Stadium, Karachi from Sep 1 to Set 5.

The T20I series will be followed by three ODIs taking place at the same venue on 8, 11 and 14 September.

Nida Dar, an experienced all-rounder, will lead the squad, after taking over from Bismah Maroof, who stepped down from captaincy after the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in February this year.

Pakistan 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 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

South Africa, who are embarking on their first-ever tour of Pakistan, will reach Karachi on 27 August. They are currently placed on the ninth spot in the ICC Women’s Championship, after playing just one series in the championship and winning all their three matches against Ireland held in June 2022.

The team management and schedule of Pakistan team’s training camp will be announced in due course.

Series schedule:

vs South Africa (all matches at National Bank Stadium, Karachi)

27 Aug – South Africa team arrival

1 Sep – First T20I v South Africa

3 Sep – Second T20I v South Africa

5 Sep – Third T20I v South Africa

8 Sep – First ODI v South Africa

11 Sep – Second ODI v South Africa

14 Sep – Third ODI v South Africa