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PCB reviews domestic match fees policy for centrally contracted players

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly reviewed the domestic match fees policy for its centrally contracted players, according to which these players will now be entitled to the same match fee for playing domestic cricket like other cricketers.

Earlier, the PCB had announced that if a centrally contracted cricketer plays domestic cricket, he/she would be given 50 percent of the match fee, as per their central contract, for playing in a domestic cricket match.

As per reports, the board has taken this decision to attract cricketers, who have central contracts, to play in domestic cricket.

Reports however, suggested that the board has abruptly changed the policy. As per the new policy, players, who enjoy central contracts, will be paid the same amount of domestic match fees as everyone else.

“The PCB said it has ended the discrimination of perks and salaries at all levels with the new policy,” a PCB official was quoted as saying by Geo TV website.

“The PCB said that the seniority slab system to determine match fees was no longer applicable, adding that if the compensation for playing in international matches was the same then the same practice should also be adopted when it comes to domestic matches,” the report added.

Earlier on July 2, the PCB had announced the central contracts for its men’s team. In the new list, pacer Hassan Ali and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan were promoted to category A following their good shows in the recent past.

The PCB had announced the contracts after the Governing Board’s approval of the 2021-22 fiscal year’s budget, which will run from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

“It is an enhanced and performance-based central contract list 2021-22 for 20 elite male cricketers, including three emerging cricketers, in which match fee across all formats has been equalized,” the PCB statement had said.

The new list was finalised by the panel that comprised Director – International Cricket, Zakir Khan, chief selector Muhammad Wasim and Director – High Performance, Nadeem Khan, who also consulted Head Coach Misbah-ul-Haq and captain Babar Azam as part of the process.

Meanwhile, the PCB had demoted former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed to C category while Mohammad Hafeez was ignored from the list.

Moreover, the PCB  had also revised the renumeration packages of the players. After the revision, players in top category will get a 25 percent hike, however, there’s no increase in match fee for Test, ODI and T20Is.

Meanwhile, players in B category were also announced of a 25 percent raise while the Test match fee was increased by 15 percent, ODI match fee by 20 percent and T20I match fee by 25 percent.

On the other hand, players in C category were announced a 34 percent increase in Test match fee, 50 percent increase in ODIs and 67 percent rise in T20Is.

The Babar Azam-led Pakistan is currently touring Bangladesh for a three-match T20I series and a two-Test series.

The Green Brigade had recently won the T20I series 3-0 and will now face the hosts in the Test series with the first affair scheduled to begin on November 26 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.

The second Test will be held from December 4 in Dhaka.

HBL reacquires title sponsorship of Pakistan Super League till 2025

In a major boost for the Pakistan Super League (PSL), HBL has announced to reacquire the title sponsorship of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB’s) pinnacle tournament for another four-year cycle (2022-2025).

Meanwhile, HBL also announced to exceed the reserve price in reacquiring the rights but sealed it with a 55 per cent jump from last cycle, which speaks volumes of their belief in the PSL brand.

HBL earned title sponsorship rights following a public tender process in which seven interested parties had collected the bid documents.

Commmenting on the development, newly appointed PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja said: “I am delighted that the HBL have further strengthened their bond and relationship with the Pakistan Cricket Board by committing to support the Pakistan Super League for another four years. Reality is that HBL, in fact, have been investing in the future stars of Pakistan cricket through PSL for which we are eternally grateful.”

“Their decision to continue the partnership is also a validation and endorsement of the brand and product the HBL PSL has become, thanks to the untiring efforts of the Pakistan Cricket Board staff and our valued franchises. Both the PCB and franchises, with the patronage of HBL, have worked tirelessly to make the league glamorous, entertaining and exciting for the fans as well as the shortest format specialists who are keen to feature in it,” he added.

On the other hand, HBL Chief Operating Officer Sagheer Mufti said: “HBL is pleased to renew its commitment to Pakistan’s largest sporting platform, Pakistan Super League (PSL) for a further four years. This will mark HBL’s support for this national initiative for 10 years, since its inception in 2016. HBL remains committed to playing its part in promoting Pakistan and cricket.”

Similarly, HBL Chief Marketing & Communications Officer Ali Habib expressed: “HBL is all about ‘enabling dreams’ and this synchronizes perfectly with PSL’s philosophy to provide an enabling platform to the young, emerging cricketers of the country.”

“HBL wishes PCB all the success in staging this mega sporting platform that provides fans the world over the opportunity to enjoy the best that cricket has to offer,” he added.

HBL, is a Pakistani multinational bank based in Habib Bank Plaza, Karachi, Pakistan.

Founded in 1940 by the Habib Family, Habib Bank Limited, abbreviated as HBL, became Pakistan’s first commercial bank and in 1951 it opened its first international branch in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

PSL’s initial title sponsorship was awarded to HBL for three years in December 2015 and was later renewed.

The domestic T20 league features six teams from as many cities of Pakistan. The league was founded on September 2015 with five teams by the PCB.

Pakistan to host an ICC event after 29 long years

In a massive development, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced Pakistan as the host for the 2025 Champions Trophy.

Significantly, Pakistan had last staged an ICC event in 1996 when they co-hosted the 50-over World Cup with India and Sri Lanka and it will now be after 29 years when an ICC event returns t the cuntry.

Pakistan has been largely starved of international cricket particularly since the 2009 attack on the touring Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore.

The development came as the ICC confirmed the 14 host countries of ICC men’s white-ball events from 2024-2031 as per which, 11 full members and three associate members have been selected to host two ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups, four ICC Men’s T20 World Cups and two ICC Men’s Champions Trophy events.

Commenting on the development, and elated Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja thanked the ICC for awarding the Champions Trophy 2025 to Pakistan and said that the event will showcase his country’s passion for the sport.

In a statement, issued by the PCB, Raja said: “I am pleased no-end with the ICC’s decision to select Pakistan as a host nation for one of their elite tournaments. By allocating a major global event to Pakistan, the ICC has expressed complete confidence and faith in our management and operational capabilities and skills.”

“We have continued to demonstrate how a great host we are and through the ICC Champions Trophy 2025, we will again showcase our passion and love for the sport as this event will be a boon to the millions of home fans, who will see world class teams and their favourite international players from close quarters,” he added.

Notably, PCB has been trying its best for the return of international cricket in the country.

“We not only endeavour to plan and deliver a world-class event, we will also prepare and field a strong and formidable side that can perform and entertain our home fans. We saw during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup campaign how the nation got united and the ICC Champions Trophy 2025 at home will be another opportunity to further strengthen that bond as we defend the title,” Raja further expressed.

Also, it will be for the first time when the USA and Namibia will host an ICC World Cup event as the former has been selected as the co-host of the 2024 T20 World Cup while the latter, an African nation, will jointly host the 2027 One-Day International (ODI) World Cup with South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Significantly, the hosts were selected via a competitive bidding process overseen by a Board sub-committee chaired by Martin Snedden along with Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Skerritt. The ICC Board accepted the recommendations of the committee who conducted a thorough review of each bid along with ICC management.

The global cricket governing boday also said that a similar process to identify the hosts for ICC Women’s and U19s events for the next cycle will be undertaken early next year.

PCB announce Test team’s departure schedule for Bangladesh series

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced its Test team’s departure schedule for the Bangladesh series as per which the national squad will enter the bio-secure bubble in Lahore on November 18.

After staying in the bubble for three days, the Pakistan Test squad then will leave for Dhaka on November 21 and after a day’s rest, the Test squad will join the T20 squad on November 23.

The Test squad will leave for Chittagong on November 24 while the T20 squad, after the conclusion of the white-ball series, will arrive in Lahore the same day.

Significantly, Pakistan are scheduled to play three T20Is at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka starting November 19.

While the second affair between the two sides will be held on November 20, the third and final one will be played on November 22.

The Pakistan cricket team will play its first Test match against hosts Bangladesh from November 26 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram.

The second Test will be then held at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, which will host the entire T20I series, from December 4.

Earlier on Monday, the PCB had announced Test squad for Bangladesh series which saw opener Imam-Ul-Haq, middle-order batter Kamran Ghulam and off-spinner Bilal Asif earning a spot in the 20-member Pakistan squad, which will be led by Babar Azam.

On the other hand, Haris Rauf, Imran Butt, Shahnawaz Dahani and Yasir Shah, who were earlier part of the 21-member squad which had toured the West Indies in July earlier this year, have been replaced.

Left-handed batter Imam has been recalled following his good performances in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, where he had amassed 488 runs from five innings including an unbeaten double-century.

Imam had played his 11th and last Test against Australia in Adelaide in December 2019.

Meanwhile, Bilal replaced Yasir Shah who is still recovering from a thumb injury he sustained during the National T20.

Yasir is yet to feature in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

Pakistan Test squad:

Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Bilal Asif, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Zahid Mahmood.

Some Aussie players may not be comfortable touring Pakistan next year, feels Paine

A day after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Cricket Australia (CA) both confirmed that Australia will tour Pakistan for three Test matches, three ODIs and one T20I next year, Aussie Test skipper Tim Paine on Tuesday said that there will be few players in their camp who will not be “comfortable” touring Pakistan next year.

Even as both the boards have confirmed for the tour, however, it would go ahead only after security clearance is issued.

Paine spoke to Australian radio station SEN and admitted that some players may not be 100 percent comfortable while touring Pakistan.

“There’ll be some guys who will be happy to take the experts’ advice, and others will want to know a bit more. If we’re totally honest, there might be some people who aren’t comfortable going regardless. That’s happened before with tours going to other countries going back forever,” Paine told SEN Radio.

“Again, there are issues that will, I’m sure pop up. We’ll discuss it; people get the right answers and feel comfortable, then we’ll get hopefully the best team we can. At the end of the day, it comes down to the individual,” he added.

Meanwhile, Pain also recalled his personal experience of touring Pakistan in 2017, when he was part of the World XI team and said that he was reassured but also “unnerved” at the same time, with Pakistan’s security officials taking extraordinary measures, such as having choppers fly above the team’s bus.

“The security that we had on that tour was unlike anything that I’ve ever seen in my life,” Paine said.

“We had helicopters overhead, roads shut down five kilometres around us, checkpoints like every kilometre into the ground, it was extraordinary. The fact you’re seeing it and thinking to yourself it may be necessary can be a bit unnerving, but at the same time to see the planning and execution of it, with literally a couple of choppers above your bus 20-30 metres above your head was comforting but also unnerving at the same time,” he added.

Notably, the upcoming tour will be Australia’s first tour of Pakistan since 1998. While the Tests will take place in Karachi between March 3 and 7, the second and last Test will be staged in Rawalpindi and Lahore between March and 25 March respectively.

On the other hand, Lahore will be the venue for the four white-ball matches, which will be played between March 29 to April 5, 2022.

The Tests will be played as part of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC), while the ODIs will be connected to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League – a 13-team event from which the seven highest-placed sides and the hosts, India, will qualify directly for the event proper in 2023.

On Monday while confirming the tour, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja said: “I am delighted to welcome Australia to Pakistan. From a personal point of view, it pleases me no end that we’ll be engaged in a three-Test match series, connoisseurs delight. Australia are one of the high-performing sides and them playing in our backyard for the first time after a gap of 24 years will be a special treat for the fans.”

“Likewise, it will be a great opportunity for the Australia cricketers to not only play at our iconic venues but also feel and enjoy the respect, love and hospitality that this great country offers, something which most of their previous generation of cricketers missed out by playing offshore,” he had added.

ECB chief arrives in Pakistan to repair relations with PCB

In a bid to repair the England Cricket Board (ECB) relations with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which was strained after the cancellation of England’s T20 tour of Pakistan, the English cricket board’s Chief Executive Tom Harrison on Tuesday arrived in Lahore.

During his short tour, Harrison is scheduled to meet the newly appointed PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja on Tuesday afternoon.

As per reports, the ECB’s top administrator has flown to Pakistan to re-establish relations with PCB and during the meeting with Raja, the ECB chief will discuss England’s visit to Pakistan in 2022.

After Pakistan, Harrison is scheduled to visit the UAE later this week for an International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executives’ meeting.

Notably, relations between the two cricket boards was damaged after England cancelled its Pakistan tour in September, citing “increasing concerns about travelling to the region”.

Just few days after New Zealand had abandoned their limited-overs tour of Pakistan citing security concerns, the ECB, releasing a statement last month, had also cancelled their tour.

“Earlier this year, we agreed to play two additional T20 World Cup warm-up games in Pakistan in October, adding a short women’s tour with double headers alongside the men’s games,” an official ECB statement had said.

“The ECB Board convened this weekend to discuss these extra England Women’s and Men’s games in Pakistan and we can confirm that the Board has reluctantly decided to withdraw both teams from the October trip,” it had added.

“We understand that this decision will be a significant disappointment to the PCB, who have worked tirelessly to host the return of international cricket in their country. Their support of English and Welsh cricket over the last two summers has been a huge demonstration of friendship. We are sincerely sorry for the impact this will have on cricket in Pakistan and emphasise an ongoing commitment to our main touring plans there for 2022,” the ECB further said.

The ECB had, however, assured the PCB that it will play a full series against Pakistan next year.

Significantly, several former cricketers had slammed the ECB for cancelling the tour with former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding saying that had it been an India tour, they would not have had the guts to tell the Indian cricket board they would not tour their country.

“Four days in Pakistan (was all they would have spent), I am absolutely sure they would not have done that to India,” Holding was quoted as saying by SkySports.

“What that signal sends to me is the same western arrogance. I will treat you how I feel like treating you — it doesn’t matter what you think, I will just do what I want,” added Holding.

The former West Indies great also agreed with England great Michael Atherton, who too had criticised the ECB for pulling out of the tour.

Australia to tour Pakistan in March 2022, announces PCB

The Australia men’s cricket team will tour Pakistan for three Tests, as many One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and a T20I, in March next year, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Monday.

Notably, the upcoming tour will be Australia’s first tour of Pakistan since 1998. While the Tests will take place in Karachi between March 3 and 7, the second and last Test will be staged in Rawalpindi and Lahore between March and 25 March respectively.

On the other hand, Lahore will be the venue for the four white-ball matches, which will be played between March 29 to April 5, 2022.

The Tests will be played as part of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC), while the ODIs will be connected to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League – a 13-team event from which the seven highest-placed sides and the hosts, India, will qualify directly for the event proper in 2023.

Commenting on the development, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja, who played eight Tests and 18 ODIs against Australia said: “I am delighted to welcome Australia to Pakistan. From a personal point of view, it pleases me no end that we’ll be engaged in a three-Test match series, connoisseurs delight. Australia are one of the high-performing sides and them playing in our backyard for the first time after a gap of 24 years will be a special treat for the fans.”

“Likewise, it will be a great opportunity for the Australia cricketers to not only play at our iconic venues but also feel and enjoy the respect, love and hospitality that this great country offers, something which most of their previous generation of cricketers missed out by playing offshore,” he added.

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia (CA) Chief Executive Nick Hockley expressed: “Cricket Australia is excited about the prospect of touring Pakistan next year for what will be a highly anticipated series in a country so incredibly passionate about the game and their national team.”

“Pakistan is a formidable opposition with an exceptionally talented team, as evidenced by their dynamic performances in the current ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the UAE. We thank the PCB for their considerable efforts in planning for the tour and look forward to continuing to work closely over the coming months to finalise the necessary operations, logistics, security and Covid-19 protocols. The safety and welfare of our players and staff remains our number one priority, and we will continue to work with the PCB and relevant agencies to ensure that appropriate and sufficient arrangements are put in place for the tour,” he added.

“As part of the reconnoitering process, Cricket Australia’s delegation will visit Pakistan to meet with PCB officials as well as provincial and federal authorities to discuss and finalise matters relating to team operations, logistics, security and Covid-19 protocols,” the PCB said in a statement.

Significantly, Australia had last toured Pakistan in 1998-99 when Mark Taylor led the visitors to a 1-0 series victory.

Schedule of Australia Tour of Pakistan:

3-7 Mar – 1st Test, Karachi

12-16 Mar – 2nd Test, Rawalpindi

21-25 Mar – 3rd Test, Lahore

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29 Mar – 1st ODI, Lahore

31 Mar – 2nd ODI, Lahore

2 Apr – 3rd ODI, Lahore

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5 Apr – only T20I, Lahore

Pakistan likely to fly directly to Bangladesh post T20 World Cup

The Babar Azam-led Pakistan cricket team is likely to travel to Bangladesh directly from the UAE after the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup final at the Dubai Sports City Stadium on November 14.

The Green Brigade are scheduled to play two Tests and three T20 matches in Bangladesh during the tour.

According to a report in ‘The News’, there are very slim chances of the Pakistani cricketers coming back home from the UAE as they have almost made to the knock-out stage of the showpiece event.

Pakistan have almost sealed a semi-finals’ berth with three wins from as many games abd will now face the minnows in their two of the remianing games.

The final of the ongoing World Cup final is scheduled to be played on November 14 which means that the Pakistan team will not be having enough time to get back home and then fly to Bangladesh.

“Pakistan are expected to fly straight from the UAE to Bangladesh for the series. There will not be enough time in between the two events that could allow the team members to get out of the bio-secure bubble,” a source in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) told the publication.

“The decision to this effect, however, will be taken at that particular time. In all probability, the team will travel to Bangladesh for the series directly from the UAE,” the report further quoted the source as saying.

However, the source also added that the only possibility of getting back home would be if the Green Brigade wins the coveted trophy and then it could go back home to share the victory with the nation by making a stopover before heading to Bangladesh.

Till now, the PCB has still not announced the team for the Bangladesh tour but it has been learnt that the majority of the current team members, who are already in the UAE, are expected to be part of the touring squad while Test players like Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Abdullah Shafiq, and Saud Shakil would join them later.

“There will be minimal changes made to the team that is already in the UAE for the World Cup. There is not enough time in between the events to think in terms of any major changes. Besides the addition of a few Test specialists, the touring squad will almost be the same. Since the Test series starts from November 26, Test specialists could join the team at later stages. Almost the same T20 combination (15 team members and three reserves) are expected to travel to Bangladesh. At the same time, you cannot rule out the retirement of any veteran player at the end of the ongoing World Cup. Even in that case, Pakistan will be having enough backup currently with the touring squad,” added the source.

Last month, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury had confirmed that Pakistan will tour Bangladesh just after the T20 World Cup.

“The Pakistan series will happen right after the [T20] World Cup. The cricket operations department is in talks with the Pakistan board to finalise the details. All formats will be included, there will be more ODIs and Tests,” Chowdhury had told mediapersons.

As per Chowdhury, the Pakistan cricket team will arrive in Dhaka on November 15 for the series.

Pakistan’s ‘real anger’ with New Zealand, not India: Shoaib Akhtar

Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has said that his country’s “real anger” was directed towards New Zealand and not Team India as the Kiwis had recently abandoned their tour to his which was followed by England.

“Our real anger is with New Zealand. We will take it out on them, we have no issues with you (India),” Akhtar said while talking during India Today’s show Salaam Cricket 2021.

Significantly on September 17, the Kiwi cricket team had abandoned their tour of Pakistan following a New Zealand government security alert.

The development took place a few minutes before the first ODI match between Pakistan and New Zealand.

Following New Zealand’s last-minute decision to cancel their limited-overs tour had not gone well with Akhtar, who had slammed the touring Kiwi team and its cricket board, saying “NZ just killed Pakistan cricket”.

“Sad scenes & news from Rawalpindi. Following points for New Zealand to remember: 9 Pakistanis were killed in the Christchurch attack. Pakistan stood strong with New Zealand. Pakistan toured New Zealand in the worst of Covid circumstances regardless of the crude treatment by NZ authorities on that tour,” Akhtar had expressed.

“This was just an unverified threat, it could have been discussed. Prime Minister Imran Khan personally spoke to his NZ counterpart and assured but it was still refused. Pakistan has safely hosted South Africa, Bangladesh, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe & PSL,” he had added.

Later, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had also cancelled their men’s and women’s short tour of Pakistan, which was severely criticised by many former cricketers.

Akhtar also reckoned that the Virat Kohli-led side would be under more pressure as compared to the Green Brigade as the Babar Azam-led side have nothing to lose.

“There is a lot of pressure but it’s less on Pakistan because, first of all, the entire stadium is blue. That is yours. Your fans will be there, your broadcasters, we have no problems if we lose this,” Akhtar said.

“On a serious note, I feel there is a lot at stake for India. If Pakistan bat first and make more than 180 runs, then trust me, the pressure gets to the biggest of players. If India can handle that pressure better than Pakistan, that’s fine, but what if Pakistan surprises you?” he questioned.

Speaking on Kohli, he felt that luck was not on Kohli’s side.

“Captain’s luck is not favourable for Virat Kohli. I feel that Virat Kohli is such a great cricketer, a great guy, but somehow, as a captain, his luck is not striking. I hope it doesn’t strike on the 24th,” Akhtar said.

Pakistan are placed in the second Group in the showpiece event along with India, New Zealand, Afghanistan and two qualifers.

After opening their campaign against the Virat Kohli-led Team India, Pakistan will next face New Zealand at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah October 26.

The Green Brigade will next take on Afghanistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai October 29 before facing the two qualifers on November 2 and 7 in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah respectively.

The two semifinals will be held on November 10 and November 11 with the final to be played on November 14 in Dubai.

Windies’ women cricket team to tour Pakistan in November

In a major relief for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which is trying its best to bring international cricket back in the country, the West Indies women’s cricket team will be touring Pakistan in November to play three One Day Internationals (ODIs) against the home side.

The three ODIs will be held on November 8, 11 and 14 November after which both the sides will head to Zimbabwe to participate in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier, which will be held between November 21 and December 5.

The top three tams of the 10 participating sides will then secure a qualification for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, which will be played in New Zealand.

Confirming the development, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja said that the board was delighted to announce the West Indies women’s tour to Pakistan in November.

In a statement, the PCB Chairman said: “We are delighted to announce the West Indies women’s tour to Pakistan in November. This will be a great series for the promotion, publicity and growth of women’s cricket in Pakistan, besides also providing both sides excellent opportunity to prepare for the World Cup qualifier.”

“West Indies women’s tour will be followed by their men’s side who will visit Pakistan for three ODIs and three T20Is in December. So, the Pakistan cricket fans can brace for some exciting and entertaining cricket in women’s and men’s cricket later this year,” he added.

Meanwhile, the national women’s selection committee – which includes Urooj Mumtaz (the chair) and Asmavia Iqbal – has also announced an 18-member squad for the upcoming three ODIs against West Indies and the World Cup Qualifier which will be led by batter Javeria Khan.

“The national women’s team’s camp for the series will begin from 23 October and will run till 5 November at the Hanif Mohammad High Performance Centre, Karachi. At the conclusion of the camp, the team will shift to the team hotel,” the PCB said in a statement.

“As part of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s efforts to increase the reach and viewership of the women’s sport, the three ODIs – which will start at 1000 – will be live-streamed through PCB’s YouTube channel around the world,” it added.

Significantly, the upcoming series will be the Pakistan women’s team’s third bilateral series in the ongoing year as they had already toured South Africa in January-February and West Indies in June-July earlier this year.

West Indies series itinerary

Nov 1: West Indies women arrival

Nov 4-7: Both teams’ training and practice sessions, National Stadium

Nov 8: First ODI, National Stadium

Nov 11: Second ODI, National Stadium

Nov 14: Third ODI, National Stadium

Nov 16: Departure for Zimbabwe

Pakistan Women Squad for West Indies series World Cup Qualifier:

Javeria Khan (Captain), Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Ayesha Zafar, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Iram Javed, Kainat Imtiaz, Maham Tariq, Muneeba Ali, Nashra Sundhu, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Rameen Shamim, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Amin and Sidra Nawaz (wicketkeeper)

Support staff: Fizza Abid (team manager), David Hemp (head coach), Arshad Khan (assistant coach), Kamran Hussain (assistant coach), Saboor Ahmad (strength and condition coach), Zubair Ahmad (analyst), Dr Riffat Asghar Gill (head physiotherapist) and Rabia Siddiq (physiotherapist)