Pakistan’s star batter Javeria Khan has been named to lead a multi-nation Women’s Global Development Squad (WGDS) that will play six Twenty20 matches on a tour of England, including two each against ECB Super League teams Southern Vipers and Surrey Stars. The International Cricket Council announced the third WGDS squad today, as part of its continued efforts to provide exposure to players from outside the leading countries and improve the standard of the women’s game.
Javeria feels the players in her team will learn a lot during their packed schedule and is hoping to pass on her knowledge to them. I find it a real honour to be selected as the captain of the Women’s Global Development Squad, said Javeria. I aim to pass on my experience to the members of my squad while at the same time I would look at improving my own game in terms of both the mental side and skillset. I am looking forward to enjoying and experiencing companionship with players from different nationalities who are gathering for the event. This program will not only acquaint me with their culture, but also with their approach towards the game, she added.
ICC Women’s Cricket Manager Holly Colvin says the expanded third edition of the WGDS will provide more opportunities for players to learn and develop on and off the field. We have appointed Javeria as captain because we felt it was important that a senior player guide the team and impart the nuances of the game on the field, said Colvin. There is nothing like learning first hand and I am sure the other players will acquire a lot from her.