Sri Lanka Series Will Help us Prepare For the Commonwealth Games: Pakistan Skipper Bismah Maroof

Pakistan women’s national team captain Bisma Maarouf said on Monday that the newcomers to the ODI as well as the T20I teams for the white ball series on their home ground against Sri Lanka will prove their worth when they have the opportunity to take part in the eleventh play.

The White Ball Series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will kick off with the first T20I game played at Southend Club. Both teams have so far played 13 T20I against each other and have an equal record with six wins each except for one match that turned out to be no result.

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Pakistan has rescinded the appointment of a duo of batting hog guard Nawras and Firuza, Tuba Hassan, as starters for the T20I squad.

“We have an exciting squad for both formats (T20 and ODIs). Newcomers in both teams have a great opportunity to prove their worth when they get the chance to play. It is always exciting to play an international series in Pakistan, and such occasions always motivate us to play,” Maarouf said on the eve of the series. Do a good job and inspire the fans.”

The last time these two sides faced each other in the T20I duo series, Pakistan came out ahead with a 2-1 lead. Tuesday’s match will be the first T20I match between the two sides in Pakistan in the first Sri Lanka Women’s Tour to visit Pakistan in over 16 years.

“We are looking forward to an exciting series with Sri Lanka. After the World Cup we will start over with the goal of winning both the T20I and ODI series. We have a busy schedule this year and this series will help us prepare for the challenges ahead, especially the Commonwealth Games,” added Maarouf.

Three T20I matches will follow three ODI matches of the ICC Women’s Championship amid the heat wave in Pakistan. “I think we will have a good competition because Sri Lanka is a strong opponent especially in Asian conditions. The hot weather will be a challenge but as professional players we will strive to overcome this challenge.”

Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan will be the team’s first major international tour after the T20 Women’s World Cup in 2020 in Australia. “We are excited to play with a strong Pakistani team in their backyard. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have always enjoyed friendly relations and I am sure the series will be shown in good spirits,” said Captain Chamari Athapathu.

Just like Marouf, Athapathu admitted that the hot weather would be a challenge for her team to play well. “The weather is hot and humid and it will test us but at the same time it will give us an opportunity to test our skills in difficult conditions.”

“We have a good balance between the big and young players and we feel we can do well on the tour as most of the players have a lot of experience in the local cricket we play regularly.”

Pakistan’s T20I squad: Basma Maarouf (captain), Ayman Anwar, Alia Riaz, Anam Amin, Aisha Naseem, Diana Begg, Fatima Sana, Gul Firuza (Naseeb goalkeeper), Iram Javid, Kainat Imtiaz, Munibeh Ali Siddiqui (Wicketer goalkeeper), Nida Dar, Omaima Suhail, Saadia Iqbal, Tuba Hassan.

Sri Lanka T20I Team: Chamari Athapathu (captain), Ashini Kolasoriya, Ama Kanchana, Anushka Sangewani, Harshitha Samarawekrama, Hussaini Pereira, Emesha Dolani, Inuka Ranawira, Sugisha Dilhari, Nilakshi de Silanaching and Wishadika Kumari.

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