LAHORE, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 28th Jul, 2022 ) :Despite the rain affected tri-series in Ireland, which hampered the team preparations, the Bismah Maroof-led Pakistan are confident of a good show in the Commonwealth Games cricket event in Birmingham.
After the Barbados clash, Pakistan play arch-rivals India on Sunday, 31 July, followed by a match against T20 world champions Australia on Wednesday, 3 August. The top two sides from each of the two pools (four teams in each pool) will progress to the semi-finals that will be played on 6 August with the third position playoff and final scheduled to take place on 7 August.
All 16 event matches will be staged at the Edgbaston Stadium.
In the Ireland tri-series, only one out of Pakistan‘s four matches were completed. Nida Dar’s all-round performance which won her the player of the match award, guided the team to a 13-run win over the hosts courtesy the DLS method.
Rain interruptions also hampered the pre-tour camp in Islamabad earlier this month. David Hemp, the team’s head coach though believes that Pakistan will stay competitive in the Commonwealth Games as the squad aspires to impress and show their mettle regardless of the challenge of three formidable sides in Group A.
“Since arriving in Birmingham we have completed one practice session which was last night at Edgbaston and the players are really excited about the event. The game on Friday is what we have our eyes as we played two practice matches against MCC yesterday, the idea was to utilise all players in the squad in the two games and give them match exposure before the formal start of the event.
“The match against Barbados will be a big challenge as they are a formidable unit as most of the players’ make-up the West Indies side. It is a great opportunity to play at a venue like Edgbaston and we hope the weather will be kind to us and we get to play all three pool games in the coming week.” Squad: Bismah Maroof (captain), Aimen Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Ayesha Naseem, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Gull Feroza (wicketkeeper), Iram Javed, Kainat Imtiaz, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui (wicketkeeper), Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Sadia Iqbal and Tuba Hassan.
Schedule of Pakistan matches Commonwealth Games 2022: vs Barbados 29 July, Birmingham vs India 31 July, Birmingham vs Australia 3 August, BirminghamSemi-finals 6 August, BirminghamThird position playoff and final 7 August, Birmingham.
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