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PCB makes changes to women's selection committee

Team's coach and captain to be part of new seven-member selection committee

By Sports Desk
April 25, 2024
Pakistan womens team players interact during the third ODI against West Indies in Karachi on April 23, 2024. — PCB website
Pakistan women's team players interact during the third ODI against West Indies in Karachi on April 23, 2024. — PCB website

Following the whitewash against West Indies, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Thursday announced that it had reconstituted the Pakistan women's team's selection committee.

The home series, which commenced on April 18, saw the visitors thumping the Green Shirts in the first one-day international (ODI) as they were handed a 113-run defeat by the West Indies after being bowled out for 156 runs while chasing a 270-run target.

In the second ODI, the hosts suffered a two-wicket defeat followed by an 88-run triumph in the third and last match of the ODI series on April 23.

However, despite the series loss, Pakistan currently hold the fifth position in the 10-team ICC Women Championship 2022-25.

The top five teams, along with hosts India, will directly qualify for the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2025. The remaining teams will participate in a qualifier tournament to make it to the mega-tournament.

According to the PCB, retained members from the previous selection panel include Asmavia Iqbal and Marina Iqbal. Joining them are Abdul Razzaq and Asad Shafiq (both members of the men’s national selection committee) and former international player, Batool Fatima.

Meanwhile, the coach and captain will also be part of the national women’s selection committee, the board noted.

The PCB's statement further underscored that the foremost task of the new committee will be to select the players for the upcoming tour of England, where they are scheduled to play three T20Is and three ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25 fixtures from May 11 to 29.