Pakistan Women seek the first ODI victory against England
KUALA LUMPUR: The eve of Pakistan would aim to keep alive their chances of ensuring direct qualification in the ICC Women's Championship, while their England counterparts will try to keep their records intact against them when the two sides meet for an ODI series of three games, as of December 9.
Pakistan, led by Bismah Maroof, who ranks fifth in the ICC Women's Eight Team Championship, will be eager to achieve his first victory against England. Pakistani girls will begin the series here at the back of some impressive shows in recent times, as they defeated West Indies women 2-1 in Dubai in their first ODI assignment of the year before playing a series draw in three series away from home against women from South Africa and a two-game home series against Bangladesh.
On the other hand, led by Heather knight England, which ranks second and is guaranteed a place, has won seven of its 12 games this year.
Speaking on the eve of the first ODI, Maroof said: England presents a great challenge for us and we are aware of it. But we have prepared well for the series. Crucial points are offered for the ICC Women's Championship because of which girls are pumped for the series.
The conditions here are different from what England usually plays. And, as a team, we have improved much more than the last time we played against England in 2017. We have young and new faces in the team. I hope we surprise England, it was cited by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Meanwhile, Knight said: We have had a changing of the guard and some new players have entered. This is an opportunity to show us what it is, prepare performances, prepare for international cricket and get used to touring life. and playing for England The T20 World Cup is just around the corner, obviously we have the ODI series first, but in the course of this tour we hope to prepare for it.
Pakistan has played cricket very well in recent years. They have the opportunity to qualify for the 2021 World Cup, so it will be a very good competition. Kuala Lumpur is a very different place for us. I used to tour Asia and play at home, so it's a very different experience, the England captain added.
The ODI series will be followed by three T20I, also in Kinrara Oval, between the two sides.
Pakistan : Bismah Maroof (Captain), Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Aroob Shah, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Javeria Khan, Kaynat Hafeez, Nahida khan , Nashra Sandhu, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Rameen Shamim, Sidra Amin and Sidra Nawaz (wicketkeeper)
England : Heather knight (Captain), Amy Jones (wicketkeeper), Anya Shrubsole, Danni Wyatt, Fran Wilson, Freya Davies, Kate Cross, Katherine Brunt, Kirstie Gordon, Lauren Winfield, Mady Villiers, Nat Sciver, Sarah Glenn, Sophie Ecclestone and Tammy Beaumont