Pakistan and South Africa women teams start their three match ICC Women’s Championship ODI series on Monday at the Senwes Park, Potchefstroom.
The two teams are separated by only a single point in the current ICC Women’s Championship standings. Pakistan occupy the sixth spot with 12 points while South Africa are on the fifth spot with 13 points.
Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof was confident about her team’s chances and said the series was vital for their standing in the Women’s Championship.
“The series is vital for both sides considering our standings in the ICC Women’s Championship, a victory in the series would be a huge lift for us and I have full confidence in my team that they can repeat the success against the West Indies and win the series in South Africa as well.”
“We have prepared well for them so I am backing my team in the series which is very important for both sides considering the ICC Women’s Championship,” said South Africa skipper Suné Luus.
South Africa’s Lizelle Lee is the top-ranked batter in the ICC ODI batting rankings for women, currently on the 12th spot with 664 points.
Pakistan’s Javeria Khan currently sits on the 24th spot with 536 points, two points ahead of teammate Nahida Khan.
Sana Mir with 718 points occupies the third spot in the ICC ODI bowling rankings for women with 718 points. South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp is placed sixth with a total of 678 points.
Bismah Maroof (captain), Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Fatima Sana, Javeria Wadood Khan, Javeria Rauf, Kainat Imtiaz, Nahida Khan, Nashra Sandhu, Nida Dar, Rameen Shamim, Sana Mir, Sidra Amin, Sidra Nawaz (wicketkeeper) and Omaima Sohail
Suné Luus (captain), Chloe Tryon (vice-captain), KwaZulu-Natal, Lizelle Lee (wicketkeeper), Andrie Steyn, Laura Wolvaardt, Shabnim Ismail, Mignon du Preez, Tumi Sekhukhune, Masabata Klaas, Marizanne Kapp, Nadine De Klerk, Zintle Mali, Nondumiso Shangase, Sinalo Jafta (wicketkeeper)