PCB call up emerging cricketers for women’s tour of SL

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While the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are in negotiation with their Sri Lankan counterparts for a national series tentatively in June, they have also invited 27 emerging women cricketers for a fitness training camp at the Moin Khan Academy in Karachi, starting from Saturday.

Dawn learnt that the PCB want the national women’s team to tour Sri Lanka to play 50-over- matches against the hosts as part of their preparations for the World Cup Women qualifying round, which is also scheduled to be hosted by Sri Lanka in June-July this year.

Three top teams of the qualifiers have to enter the World Cup Women to be hosted by New Zealand in March-April next year. Besides hosts New Zealand, other countries which have already qualified for the World Cup are Australia, England, South Africa and India.

The World Cup was to be held in 2021 but due to Covid-19 the ICC have deferred the event until 2022.