The newly appointed selection committee of Urooj Mumtaz, with Marina Iqbal and Asmavia Iqbal, announced their 50 over and T20 squad for the upcoming South Africa tour. Star batswoman Bismah Maroof has been named the captain.
The committee only made 1 change to the squad that lost the ODI series against West Indies as Saba Nazir made way for Rameen Shamim. Moreover, Javeria Rauf was added a 15th member. She last played an ODI for Pakistan 5 years ago.
"We have rewarded the girls for their outstanding achievements against the Windies girls by maintaining consistency in the ODI squad, while we have made some tweaks in the T20I squad as we look forward to next year's ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020," Mumtaz said. "We have a good bunch of cricketers who have displayed their capabilities and potentials against the Windies girls and previous series.
"When we played South Africa in an ODI series last time, we narrowly lost 1-2, but I am hopeful we will be able to build on our success against the Windies girls and be able to do one better this time on the African safari. We have an excellent mix of senior and junior cricketers. I am sure under the wings of the experienced girls, the youngsters will thrive and make optimum use of the increased opportunities as these are extremely interesting times for women's cricket as far as more chances of exposure and experience exist, with enhanced performance-related incentives."
Here are the full squads.
ICC Women's Championship squad: Bismah Maroof (capt), Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Diana Baig, Javeria Wadood Khan, Javeria Rauf, Kainat Imtiaz, Nahida Khan, Nashra Sundhu, Nida Dar, Rameen Shamim, Sana Mir, Sidra Amin, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Omaima Sohail
T20I squad: Bismah Maroof (capt), Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Diana Baig, Iram Javed, Javeria Wadood Khan, Javeria Rauf, Kainat Imtiaz, Nashra Sundhu, Nida Dar, Rameen Shamim, Sana Mir, Sidra Amin, Sidra Nawaz (wk) Omaima Sohail