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Pakistan national squad wishes women's cricket team 'all the best'

Babar Azam, Wahab Riaz, fast bowler Shaheen Afridi and other cricketers encouraged women players

By Web Desk
May 19, 2024
Pakistan men and women cricketers meet at a hotel in Leeds, England on May 19, 2024. — Author
Pakistan men and women cricketers meet at a hotel in Leeds, England on May 19, 2024. — Author 

Pakistan men’s cricket team have heartened their female counter parts in a casual meeting at a hotel in Leeds, England, where the two squads will play matches against the Englishmen in the upcoming days. 

In the meeting that took place on Sunday, skipper Babar Azam, senior team Manager Wahab Riaz, fast bowler Shaheen Afridi and other cricketers wished women players all the best for the their remainder matches part of the England tour.

Pakistan women's cricket team will take on England today (Sunday) in the 3rd T20I match at Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds.

Meanwhile, Pakistan men's cricket team will play their first match of the four match T20I series against England at the Headingley Cricket Ground on May 22.

In the second T20Is, England women defeated Pakistan to win the three-match series by 2-0 on May 17.

After deciding to bat first, the hosts had scored 144-6 thanks to the efforts of Maia Bouchier (30), Alice Capsey (31), and Nat Sciver-Brunt (31).

Nida had spearheaded Pakistan's bowling attack with 2/33 in her four overs, while Waheeda Akhtar, Diana Baig, and Fatima Sana each claimed one wicket.

Pakistan were sent packing for 79 in 15.5 overs in the second innings, 65 runs short of their target. England spinners wreaked havoc on Pakistani battling line as Sophie Ecclestone claimed three wickets for 11 runs, Capsey two for four and Sarah Glenn two for 10.

Capsey was declared player of the match for her performance with the bat and bowl.

Leeds will now host the dead rubber final today.

Playing XIs

Pakistan: Gull Feroza, Sidra Ameen, Sadaf Shamas, Muneeba Ali (wk), Nida Dar (c), Aliya Riaz, Fatima Sana, Diana Baig, Waheeda Akhtar, Nashra Sandhu, Sadia Iqbal

England: Maia Bouchier, Danielle Wyatt, Alice Capsey, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Heather Knight (c), Amy Jones (wk), Danielle Gibson, Sophie Ecclestone, Charlie Dean, Sarah Glenn, Lauren Bell