LAHORE: After an absorbing three-match ODI series that ended with a thrilling tied game in Benoni on Sunday, South Africa women and their Pakistani counterparts enter the five-match T20I series with the opening clash on Wednesday at LC de Villiers Oval in Pretoria.
Pakistan have made one change to the squad that played the ODI series, opener Nahida Khan has been replaced by all-rounder Iram Javed, said the information made available here on Tuesday by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Head coach Mark Coles feels that the T20I series will be an exciting one following the closely fought ODI series, Iram’s addition, Coles added, will bolster Pakistan’s squad as the team builds for next year’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
“We are really looking forward to the T20I series after the one-day series. There are a lot of areas that we can improve on, we are pretty confident with our game plans we just have to make sure we execute them. The arrival of Iram Javed gives us a little bit more firepower in the batting as well so we are really looking forward to it,” he said.
“It’s been a great ODI series and now we are very excited about what’s to come in the next 10 to 12 days in terms of our T20I cricket and our build up to the T20I World Cup next February-March in Australia,” he asserted.
All five T20I matches will start at 4:00pm PST.
PAKISTAN: Bismah Maroof (captain); Aiman Anwar; Aliya Riaz; Fatima Sana; Iram Javed; Javeria Wadood Khan; Javeria Rauf; Kainat Imtiaz; Nashra Sundhu; Nida Dar; Rameen Shamim; Sana Mir; Sidra Amin; Sidra Nawaz (wicket-keeper) and Omaima Sohail.
SOUTH AFRICA: Sun Luus (captain), Chloe Tryon (vice-captain), Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee, Marizanne Kapp, Masabata Klaas, Mignon du Preez, Moseline Daniels, Nadine De Klerk, Nondumiso Shangase, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta (wicket-keeper), Tazmin Brits, Tumi Sekhukhune.
Published in Dawn, May 15th, 2019