LAHORE - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar M Khan Monday said that the national women cricket team was capable of beating the hosts in its upcoming tour of New Zealand. 

   "This is the time for our women team to show consistency in the series against Kiwis women side in one day series as well as in the only T20 match," the PCB chairman said after a meeting with the team at National Cricket Academy (NCA). Also present on the occasion was PCB Women Wing GM Shamsha Hashmi.

Pakistan women team, which is departing for New Zealand, will play five one-day internationals and a lone T20 match against the hosts. Women captain Sana Mir introduced the team members with the PCB chief.

Shaharyar said: "The team is in good shape and it has the added advantage of beating India and Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup and what is needed an exhibition of skills and technique on part of players to play positive cricket during the tour of New Zealand.

The PCB chairman urged the players to remain focus during the series and display exemplary discipline on and off the field. “The PCB is taking all out of measures for the promotion of women cricket and ensuring women team’s participation in elite cricket tournament besides arranging their series with the different countries.” He felicitated former Test cricketer Basit Ali for taking over the responsibility of head coach.

PAKISTAN WOMEN SQUAD:

Sana Mir (ODI captain), Bismah Maroof (vice captain and T20 captain), Javeria Wadood (T20 vice captain), Asmavia Iqbal, Nida Rashid Dar, Anam Amin, Sadia Yousaf, Maham Tariq, Syeda Nain Abidi, Nahida Bibi, Ayesha Zafar, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Aliya Riaz, Iram Javed and Diana Baig.

The team officials are Ayesha Ashhar (manager), Basit Ali (head coach), Azam Khan (batting consultant), Rifat Asghar Gill (physiotherapist), Ibrar Ahmad (trainer), M Zubair Ahmad (video analyst).