Pakistan ready to play their first Commonwealth game against Barbados at Birmingham’s famous Edgbaston Stadium on Friday.
Team Pakistan, placed in Group A, will begin their Commonwealth game campaign against Barbados on Friday. The green team, led by Bismah Maroof, is very confident about the match.
Next, Pakistan will play against the arch-rivals India on Sunday, 31 July, followed by a match against the champions Australia on Wednesday, 3 August. Four teams are part of a single group each, out of which the top two teams from both groups will qualify for the semi-finals, which will be conducted on the 6th of August. The final CWG is to take place on 7th August 2022.
In the tri-series which took place in Ireland, Pakistan had to play four matches in total but unfortunately, only one match was completed. The matches against Australia were also called off in the middle. Head Coach David Hemp said:
“Unfortunately the matches in Ireland got curtailed due to the weather but we did manage to complete all practice sessions. The players experiencing different conditions in the UK was a very valuable exercise. We were looked after very well in Ireland and want to thank the organisers for making the tour an enjoyable one”
“Since arriving in Birmingham we have completed one practice session which was last night at Edgbaston and the players are really excited about the event. The game on Friday is what we have our eyes as we played two practice matches against MCC yesterday, the idea was to utilise all players in the squad in the two games and give them match exposure before the formal start of the event.
“The match against Barbados will be a big challenge as they are a formidable unit as most of the players’ make-up the West Indies side. It is a great opportunity to play at a venue like Edgbaston and we hope the weather will be kind to us and we get to play all three pool games in the coming week.”
Pakistan’s squad: Bismah Maroof (captain), Aimen Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Ayesha Naseem, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Gull Feroza (wicketkeeper), Iram Javed, Kainat Imtiaz, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui (wicketkeeper), Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Sadia Iqbal and Tuba Hassan.