St John’s (Antigua), July 6 (MNN) With Pakistan women bowlers living up to the expectations, it is batters that need to perform to its full potential in the five-match One-Day International series against West Indies that kicks off on Wednesday, feels Pakistan skipper Javeria Khan.
The Pakistan captain is her side’s most successful ODI batter with 2,744 runs at an average of over 30. The first ODI starts at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
“Certainly, these five matches are very important. They will help us in finalising our combinations ahead of the World Cup Qualifiers and the all-important Women’s World Cup next year.
“Our goal is to ensure that our batting clicks and every batter performs to the fullest of their potential. These three T20Is have helped us to gauge what the conditions demand from the batters. I am hopeful that we will do well in the ODIs and the batters will handle the pressure well and remain calm in crunch situations.
“Of course, there is disappointment on the 3-0 loss in the T20Is. The players had worked hard in the lead up to this series, especially as a batting unit. We could not stand out as a fielding unit, but our bowling was a positive as it improved as the series progressed,” she said.
“Nida and Anam Amin were quite good and played a crucial role in drying up the runs for the opposition. Fatima Sana, despite being young, has shown her potential by handling the pressure well in tough situations. Diana bowled brilliantly in the last match.”
The national women’s ‘A’ team had a brilliant T20 series as they defeated their West Indian counterparts 3-0.
Ayesha Zafar, the right-handed opener, top-scored in the series with 93 runs – including a half-century in the third match – and Kainat Imtiaz dominated the bowling chart with four wickets. Ramin Shameem, who captained Pakistan in the last two matches, Maham Tariq, Aimen Anwar finished with three wickets each.
They will return to action on July 10 to play West Indies Women ‘A’ in three one-days. Ramin will continue to lead the ‘A’ team.
Javeria Khan (captain, national team), Rameen Shamim (One-Day captain, ‘A’ team), Sidra Nawaz (T20 captain, A team), Aliya Riaz, Aiman Anwar, Anam Amin, Ayesha Naseem, Ayesha Zafar, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Iram Javed, Jaweria Rauf, Kainat Imtiaz, Kaynat Hafeez, Maham Tariq, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui (wk), Nahida Khan, Najiha Alvi (wk), Nashra Sundhu, Natalia Parvaiz, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Saba Nazir, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Amin, and Syeda Aroob Shah
July 7: Coolidge Cricket Ground, Coolidge
July 9: Coolidge Cricket Ground, Coolidge
July 12: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound
July 15: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound
July 18: Coolidge Cricket Ground, Coolidge