Pakistan women’s team captain Javeria Khan expressed her contentment with the preparations and strategies for their upcoming series against Bangladesh and Australia.
“We have a couple of series before the World T20, and we are hopeful of better results in those,” said Javeria while talking to the media at the National Cricket Academy ahead of their departure to Bangladesh.
“We are playing Bangladesh in their home conditions which will be hard, but we are confident of our skills.”
Javeria, who is in charge of the side in the absence of regular captain Bismah Maroof, called for the media to support the team.
“Winning and losing is part and parcel of any game. The media should laud the efforts of the girls when they end up on the winning side just as they highlight the flaws when the team is not doing well.”
Javeria will lead Pakistan for the tour of Bangladesh and the home series against Australia, to be played in Malaysia. “It is an absolute honour for me to serve as captain for Pakistan, but on the other hand, I do realise that it is also an added responsibility. We will try to put forward our best game possible.”
“There is a void due to the absence of Bismah Maroof since there is no substitute of experience. However, it is a very good chance for the fringe players to perform and cement their place in the team.”
Head coach Mark Coles acknowledged the stern test which awaits the Pakistan side against Bangladesh. “It is a tough trip and cricket is a tough game. They are making improvements in the women’s circuit as well just as they are doing in the men’s," said Coles.
“We are hoping for a good result from the girls. It is a good buildup for the World T20 in the West Indies. We have a series against Australia in Malaysia as well, and we are going into the World Cup expecting to win.”
Coles spoke highly of the girls and the way they mingled with the coaches irrespective of different backgrounds. “It has been a fantastic experience working with them so far. Credit to females in Pakistan for the way they have got over hurdles and the progress they have made.”
Batting consultant Andy Richards also shared his thoughts on meeting the PCB chairman. “I have had a great time. We are here to make a difference in women’s cricket in Pakistan. The chairman emphasised on the importance of the women’s game in this part of the world.”
“There are a few very skilful players in our squad, including our captain. We have got some work to do on the confidence side of things and making the girls play with freedom. I reckon women’s cricket is a front-foot game. We just have to change a few mindsets, and we will be fine.”
Pakistan will face Bangladesh and Australia before flying to the West Indies to participate in the ICC Women’s World T20.