West Indies, the final non-Asian girls’s group to tour Pakistan, are set to play within the nation once more after practically 15 years. The sequence, comprising three T20Is, will happen in Karachi from January 31 to February three, and can mark the resumption of ladies’s worldwide cricket in Pakistan since they hosted Bangladesh for 2 T20Is and two ODIs in September 2015.
West Indies had final toured Pakistan in March 2004 for an ODI sequence. They had been solely the second group total to play within the nation, after Netherlands. They may play the three T20Is on the Southend Membership in Karachi, earlier than transferring to Dubai for 3 ODIs that might be a part of the 2017-21 ICC Ladies’s Championship. The primary ODI might be held on the Dubai Worldwide Cricket Stadium, whereas the second and third matches have been assigned to the ICC Academy floor. The West Indies girls will arrive in Dubai on January 26 earlier than travelling to Karachi on January 30.
“The go to of the West Indies girls’s group to Karachi is nice information not just for Pakistan cricket however for ladies’s cricket generally,” PCB chief working officer Subhan Ahmad stated. “We’re grateful to Cricket West Indies and their gamers for trusting the PCB and agreeing to play three T20Is in Karachi.
“The choice of Cricket West Indies endorses our place that Pakistan is as protected and safe as every other nation. On behalf of the PCB, I want to say that we’re assured that this tour will go a good distance within the full revival of worldwide cricket in Pakistan.
“The PCB and the CWI have a really lengthy historical past of collaboration and mutual respect, and this choice additional illustrates robust relationship between the 2 boards. With the West Indies girls’s cricket group’s settlement to partake within the three T20Is, the CWI has reiterated their help for a key member of the cricket fraternity in a time after we are working extraordinarily laborious to get worldwide cricket again into our yard.
“By enjoying in Karachi, they may also contribute to the expansion and recognition of ladies’s cricket on this a part of the world. I’m certain this sequence will encourage various younger girls cricketers to take up this nice sport.”
CWI chief government Johnny Grave stated: “This tour is an additional main step for our buddies on the Pakistan Cricket Board to deliver their cricket again residence, and we’re happy that our gamers and help workers have recognised this and supported this enterprise.
“The safety plan organized by the PCB is of precisely the identical degree that the Windies males’s group had final 12 months and unbiased safety advisors, Japanese Star Worldwide (ESI), have confirmed to each the CWI and WIPA that they’re glad that the danger is manageable and will be mitigated to an appropriate degree.
“We now have made it very clear to the gamers and help workers that ought to any of them have any private reservations about this tour, than we totally perceive and settle for their place.”
The choice of Cricket West Indies endorses our place that Pakistan is as protected and safe as every other nation
PCB chief working officer Subhan Ahmad
Final 12 months, the West Indies males’s group performed three T20Is in Karachi, snapping a near-decade absence of top-flight, bilateral worldwide cricket in Pakistan, enforced by the assault on the Sri Lankan group bus in Lahore in 2009. Zimbabwe, too, toured in 2015, for 5 limited-overs video games, whereas World XI exhibition T20s, a T20I in opposition to Sri Lanka and some Pakistan Tremendous League matches have been performed previously two years.
Though Pakistan girls made their worldwide debut in 1997, a continued conservative outlook in the direction of girls within the sport has meant solely 23 ODIs, two T20Is and a solitary Check have been performed on residence soil. Solely two non-Asian girls’s groups – Netherlands and West Indies – have performed worldwide cricket in Pakistan, the previous changing into the primary aspect to tour the nation for a seven-match ODI sequence in April 2001.
West Indies performed three ODIs in Pakistan in 2004 and though the house group misplaced the sequence 2-5, the headlining acts of the tour got here throughout the drawn one-off Test. Pakistan opener Kiran Baluch surpassed Mithali Raj’s 214 to make 242, which nonetheless stands because the highest individual score in girls’s Checks. Shaiza Khan, the Pakistan captain, adopted up Baluch’s heroics with the best match figures of 13 for 226, together with a hat-trick in West Indies’ first innings.
Bismah Maroof is ready to return because the Pakistan captain for the West Indies sequence. Following a sinus surgery in July 2018, Maroof had stepped down from the place. She recovered in time for the World T20 in November, however the skilled Javeria Khan needed to fill in as stand-in captain.
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