Thu, 18 Jul 2019

Lahore [Pakistan], Mar 20 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday named a new three-person women's selection committee for the Women's cricket team.

The move has been taken as a part of restructuring within the PCB in regards to women's cricket. The committee will be led by Urooj Mumtaz, who has played one Test, 38 ODI's and 9 T20I's for Pakistan.

The rest of the panel comprises of former Pakistan internationals. Mumtaz will be joined by the retained Asmavia Iqbal and Marina Iqbal.

"Women's cricket will be an important priority moving forward and this has been reflected in the selection of such a relevant and dynamic committee. Their appointments will go a long way towards accelerating the progress of our senior women's team," Wasim Khan, Managing Director of the PCB said in an official statement.

"The new selection committee comprises players who, until very recently, have been involved in white ball cricket. This syncs very nicely with the PCB's vision of providing an environment where women's cricket not only thrives but where we are able to increase our pool of players so that it can sustainably grow and flourish," he added.

Mumtaz said that Pakistan needs to have the ability to adapt to the modern game and their aim will be to produce players with the right amount of skill and talent.

"I would like to thank the PCB for believing in me and my abilities for this new role as the Chair of the women's selection committee, Mumtaz said in an official statement.

"As we move into a new era of women's cricket, we need to have the ability to adapt to the modern day game. Keeping that in mind, we aim to inspire and produce players with the skills and talent to compete consistently at the top international level, and also encourage the younger generation to take up this great game and become the ambassadors of Pakistan," she added.

The previous selection panel for women's cricket featured former men's internationals Jalaluddin and Akhtar Sarfaraz.

The committee's first assignment will be to select a squad for the ICC Women's championship series against South Africa in May. (ANI)

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