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Pakistan Women’s Cricket Team’s New Captain Announced

Pakistan Women's Cricket Team's New Captain Announced

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made two significant appointments for the Pakistan women’s cricket team, as Nida Dar is announced as the new captain and Mark Coles as the head coach. The appointments come as part of the PCB’s vision and strategy to invest further into women’s cricket and prepare for upcoming international assignments, including hosting South Africa and tours to Bangladesh and New Zealand for the ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25 fixtures.

Nida Dar replaces Bismah Maroof as new captain

Nida Dar, who won the PCB Women’s Cricketer of the Year for 2021, replaces Bismah Maroof as captain, who stepped down following the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 in South Africa. Nida is one of the most experienced players in Pakistan, having represented the country in 130 T20Is and 99 ODIs. She is also the leading wicket-taker in T20I women’s cricket, with 126 wickets to her name.

Mark Coles, who previously served as Pakistan women’s cricket team head coach from 2017 to 2019, returns to the role. During his previous tenure, the side achieved major results, including a fifth-place finish in the ICC Women’s Championship 2017-2020, which paved the way for the team to feature in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022. Sana Mir became the most successful ODI spinner in the world under his guidance, while Javeria Khan and Bismah Maroof were named to lead a multi-nation Women’s Global Development squad, and Nida Dar became the first Pakistan woman player to earn a contract in the WBBL.

The coaching panel for the Pakistan women’s team includes Mark Coles as head coach, Mohtashim Rasheed as fielding coach, Taufeeq Umar as batting coach, and Saleem Jaffar as bowling coach. Jaffar has been appointed as the chief selector for the team.

In the upcoming 11-month period from August 2023 to July 2024, the Pakistan women’s team is scheduled to play five bilateral cricket series comprising a total of 15 ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25 ODIs. In addition to these 50-over matches, Pakistan will play as many as 17 T20Is. These ODIs and T20Is will lead to the 10-team ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh and eight-team ICC Women’s World Cup in India, which will be held in 2024 and 2025, respectively.

The selection committee for the Pakistan women’s team comprises Saleem Jaffar as chairman, Asmavia Iqbal, Marina Iqbal, and Mohtashim Rasheed as members.

The Pakistan women’s team’s upcoming bilateral series include South Africa’s tour to Pakistan in August/September 2023, Pakistan’s tour to Bangladesh in October/November 2023, Pakistan’s tour to New Zealand in November/December 2023, West Indies’ tour to Pakistan in February 2024, and Pakistan’s tour to England in July 2024.

These appointments and upcoming fixtures are significant for Pakistan women’s cricket, and the team will be hoping to make a strong impression under the leadership of Nida Dar and the guidance of Mark Coles.

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