Women’s cricket in Pakistan continued to grow in 2019 and Pakistan national women’s team reached new heights as the Pakistan Cricket Board undertook major initiatives to promote the game amongst young potential cricketers.
Pakistan reached the fourth spot in the 50-over ICC Women’s Championship after securing astonishing series win against West Indies women earlier in the year and securing a 1-1 tie against South Africa in an away series.
Their year had started off by hosting West Indies in Karachi for a three-match series and later in the year Bangladesh women toured Lahore for three T20Is, which Pakistan won 3-0, and a two-match ODI series that ended in a draw.
Pakistan hosted England women in Malaysia for the seventh round fixtures of the ICC Women’s Championship and three T20Is.Though,the Bismah Maroof-led side lost both series, the team showed marked improvement in their performances in all three facets.
The PCB awarded better-paying and improved central contracts to women cricketers to narrow the gap between men and women cricketers. In a bid to take women’s cricket to every corner of the country, the PCB continued to expand the network of girl’s academies across the country, while organizing domestic tournaments regularly to gauge the talent pool.
The PCB, for the preparation of the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup in 2021,staged Skills 2 Shine U18 Women’s Cricket T20 Championship and a pool of best performing 25 players is undergoing an academy programme in Karachi.
Pakistan national women’s team captain Bismah Maroof, while reviewing her side’s performances,said here on Tuesday: “Overall,it has been a very good year for women’s cricket in Pakistan.
The PCB has undertaken many development programmes and the team has also shown marked improvement in performances.