Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) released the fixtures for their women’s team’s upcoming series against Windies, featuring three T20Is and as many ODIs. This marks the return of women’s international cricket to the country after four years. Windies will play the T20I leg of the tour in Karachi on January 31, February 1 and February 3 before resuming the ODI leg in UAE.
The last time Pakistan Women’s team played at home was against Bangladesh in Karachi in 2015, which had marked the return of international cricket to Pakistan after nine years.
Slowly but steadily men’s international matches have started to play in the country, with Zimbabwe breaking the ice in 2015. Since then World XI, Sri Lanka and Windies have travelled and a few Pakistan Super League matches have also been held.
After the conclusion of the third T20I, both teams are to fly to the UAE late at night for the three ODIs. The ODIs will be a part of the ICC Women’s Championship. The winner of each match will earn two points, with the top three teams, along with the host of the next World Cup, New Zealand, earning direct qualification. The ODIs will take place between February 7 and 11. The first one will be held at the Dubai International Stadium, while the following two will take place in the ICC Academy within the same premises.
The Windies camp, in preparation for the tour, has already started in Antigua, with skipper Stafanie Taylor also in good form for the Sydney Thunder in the WBBL. There should be tough competition between the two sides, with Windies just one point ahead of their rivals. They are currently No. 4 in the points table, while Pakistan occupy the sixth spot.