Nain Abidi, Omama Sohail in Pakistan women's squad for Asia Cup


WOMEN’S ASIA CUP

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Pakistan's first game will be against Thailand on June 3rd

Pakistan’s first game will be against Thailand on June 3rd © Getty

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday (May 11) announced a squad of 15 and four reserve players for the upcoming Women’s T-20 Asia Cup which is slated to be held in Malaysia from June 3 to 10.

Bismah Maroof will lead the side that has one notable inclusion, that of Nain Abidi, the top-order batter – who last played for Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2017. Abidi had moved to the USA after her marriage. However, in a quest to pursue her cricket career, she returned to Pakistan and displayed consistent performances in the domestic T20 competition where she compiled two fifties and navigated her side to the silverware and paved her comeback to the national side.

The squad also sees the likes of Anam Amin and Javeria Rauf return, while there is a new face in Omama Sohail.

The inclusion of four new players sees Sidra Ameen, Aiman Anwar, Fareeha Mahmood and Ghulam Fathima miss out, although Fareeha Mahmood has been placed on the reserves list, alongside Rameen Shamim, Fazila Ikhlaq and Aliya Riaz.

The Asia Cup comprises of 6 nations – India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Malaysia and Thailand. Pakistan open their campaign against Thailand on June 3rd. India have won all the six Asia Cups that have been held thus far, with the first one coming in 2004.

Squad: Bismah Maroof (c), Muneeba Ali, Nahida Khan, Jaweria Rauf, Nain Abidi, Omama Sohail, Javeria Khan, Sidra Nawaz, Nida Dar, Kainat Imtiaz, Sana Mir, Nashra Sandhu, Anam Amin, Natalia Pervaiz, Diana Baig.

Reserves: Fareeha Mahmood, Rameen Shamim, Fazila Ikhlaq, Aliya Riaz.

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