Diana Baig Returns to ODI Squad for Home South Africa Series

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In addition to the return of Syeda Aroob Shah and Natalia Parvaiz, Shawaal Zulfiqar is included in the T20I squad.

Diana Baig has rejoined the Pakistan women’s ODI selection for the upcoming home series against South Africa.

Baig was recently nominated to the T20 squad for the Asian Games after recovering from a finger injury that caused her to miss the T20 World Cup earlier this year.

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Pakistan and South Africa will play three Twenty20 Internationals and the same number of One-Day Internationals as part of the ICC Women’s Championship. Baig has been selected for both formats. Every match will take place in Karachi.

Two uncapped players, 18-year-old batsman Shawaal Zulfiqar, who was also selected for the upcoming Asian Games, and wicketkeeper-batsman Najiha Alvi, have been selected for the T20Is scheduled from September 1 to 5.

The T20I squad also welcomes back 19-year-old legspinner Syeda Aroob Shah, who last played international cricket at the 2020 T20 World Cup, and allrounder Natalia Parvaiz, who last played internationally in 2018.

Parvaiz has also been added to the ODI squad as a reserve player. Umm-e-Hani, who played in a single ODI in 2022, is selected for both formats.

“After careful consideration, we have decided to reintroduce Syeda Aroob Shah and Natalia Parvaiz to the T20I squad,” said chief selector Saleem Jaffar. “Their recent performances and increased endurance have been extraordinary, and we anticipate that they will add a new dimension to the team.

“Umm-e-Hani’s inclusion in both rosters is due to her extraordinary off-spin abilities. Due to the favorable conditions for spinners in Karachi, we are confident that she will play a crucial role in our bowling assault.

Aiman Anwer, Javeria Khan, Ayeesha Nasem (retired from international cricket), wicketkeeper-batter Sidra Nawaz, and legspinner Tuba Hassan have been omitted from Pakistan’s most recent T20I squad, which participated in this year’s World Cup in South Africa in February-March. Omaima Sohail, an all-rounder, is a reserve in the shortest format.

Umm-e-Hani and Waheeda Akhtar have replaced Ayesha and Kainat Imtiaz, who toured Australia earlier this year, in the ODI squad.

Waheeda Akhter has been added to the ODI squad to enhance our fast-bowling department, as stated by Jaffar. “Because Diana Baig and Fatima Sana are heading our tempo attack, it is crucial that they have support.

Despite the use of two new balls, these two fast bowlers have proven to be indispensable in one-day international cricket.

Pakistan is currently ranked fourth in the Championship table with five victories out of nine encounters.

This will be Pakistan’s third Women’s Championship home series after hosting Sri Lanka (2-1) and Ireland (3-0) in Karachi and Lahore, respectively, last year.

South Africa is ranked ninth, having only played three games so far and winning all of them. The traveling squad will arrive in Karachi on August 27.

Nida Dar (captain), Aliya Riaz, Bismah Maroof, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Muneeba Ali, Najiha Alvi (wk), Nashra Sundhu, Natalia Parvaiz, Sadaf Shamas, Sadia Iqbal, Shawaal Zulfiqar, Sidra Amin, Syeda Aroob Shah, and Umm-e-Hani. Anoosha Nasir, Omaima Sohail, and Waheeda Akhtar are reserves.

Nida Dar (captain), Aliya Riaz, Bismah Maroof, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Ghulam Fatima, Muneeba Ali, Nashra Sundhu, Omaima Sohail, Sadaf Shamas, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Amin, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Umm-e-Hani, and Waheeda Akhtar. Najiha Alvi, Natalia Parvaiz, and Tuba Hassan are on reserve.

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