Ayesha Naseem will join the squad after Sana Mir has been left out of the team.
Sana Mir from Pakistan’s women's squad has been left out for the upcoming T20 World Cup who has also missed the limited-overs match against England in Malaysia for taking a break from her cricket career.
Mir is the former captain of the team who also became the first Pakistani women cricketer to have her name on the 1st rank during the ICC ODI bowler ranking. She is also one of the key players of Pakistan who led the squad to win two gold medals during the Asian Games in 2010 and 2014.
On the other hand, Ayesha Naseem is a 15-year old top-order batter who is given a spot after Mir has been left out. Naseem is also one of the key players of the team who showed outstanding performance during the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) triangular T20 tournament last year.
Squad: Bismah Maroof (captain), Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Ayesha Naseem, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Iram Javed, Javeria Khan, Muneeba Ali, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Nawaz (wicketkeeper), Syeda Aroob Shah
Muneeba Ali and Aiman Anwar will join the squad replacing Nahida Khan, Ayesha Zafar, and Rameen Shamim. ‘Jotting down the squad for the ICC Women's T20 World Cup was a tough task as many players had staked a claim in the side. Though the players who have been left out will be disappointed and heart-broken, this, however, should act as a motivation for them to comeback more strongly. On the other side of the coin, the selection of 15-year-old Ayesha and 16-year-old Aroob Shah should be a motivation and message for all the budding youngsters’, chairman of PCB Women’s selection committee, Urooj Mumtaz stated.
The upcoming ICC Women's T20 World Cup will take place in Australia in February and March this year. To learn more about cricket formats, check out Betwala’s page.
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