Pakistan face off against England in ICC Women’s Championship

DERBY, May 22 : Pakistan’s  hopes for direct qualification to the 2025 ICC Women’s Cricket World  Cup are on the line as they prepare for their ODI series against  England, starting on Thursday here.

Pakistan are currently placed 5th with 16 points in 21  games in the ICC Women’s Championship, where the top five teams along  with the hosts India will directly qualify for the Women’s World Cup.

The  bottom four teams in the standings will have to go through the  Qualifier route to book their berth for the showpiece 50-over event next  year.

West Indies (at 7th with 14 points) and Sri Lanka (8th  with 14 points) have games in hand and can surpass Pakistan should the  results go their way.

England, on the other hand, are on the  verge of securing qualification, comfortably positioned in third place  with 19 points from 15 matches.

Pakistan will be looking to  bounce back in the ODI series after succumbing to a 3-0 clean sweep at  the hands of the hosts in the T20I leg of the tour, an ICC report said.

Sidra Ameen,  the leading run-getter in the current cycle of the Women’s Championship  with 948 runs in 21 matches, was confident in the team’s ability to turn  things around in the ODI series.

“Despite the recent T20I  series not going our way, we are fully focused and eager to put on a  good performance in the upcoming ODIs against England,” Sidra Ameen  said.

“We believe in our capabilities and are focused on  executing our plans well in the upcoming ODI series. The team spirit is  high, and we are determined to end the ICC Women’s Championship matches  on a positive note,” she said.


Pakistan: Nida Dar (Captain),  Aliya Riaz, Ayesha Zafar, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Gull Feroza, Muneeba  Ali (wk), Najiha Alvi (wk), Nashra Sundhu, Natalia Parvaiz, Rameen  Shamim, Sadaf Shamas, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Amin, Tuba Hassan, Umm-e-Hani  and Waheeda Akhtar.

England: Heather Knight (Captain), Alice  Capsey, Amy Jones, Charlie Dean, Danielle Wyatt,  Kate Cross, Lauren  Bell, Lauren Filer, Maia Bouchier, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Sarah Glenn, Sophie  Ecclestone and Tammy Beaumont. ( UNI)