Pakistan Women will travel to the Caribbean for three T20Is and five ODIs, with their A team set to shadow the senior side for an additional six matches. All the matches will be hosted by Antigua after the Pakistan contingent arrives on June 23, exactly a week before the first T20I. The ODI series will be played from July 7 to 18.
As for the A teams, they will play three T20s, which will be played on the same day and at the same venues as the T20Is as “double-headers”, followed by three one-dayers from June 30 to July 16. All matches will be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and the Coolidge Cricket Ground.
This is the latest step from Cricket West Indies (CWI) in their bid to expand women’s cricket in the Caribbean. It comes soon after rookies Qiana Joseph and Kaysia Schultz were offered their first West Indies central contracts, for the 2021-22 season.
“This is a very significant home tour for our women and we are delighted that our counterparts at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have worked with us to arrange these two series despite all the challenges we face with Covid-19,”Jimmy Adams, CWI’s director of cricket, said in a media release. “CWI continues to invest in our international Women’ program by hosting extended High-Performance camps between tours, two of which have already been held this year. In addition, the opportunity to host our first-ever ‘A’ Team Series is brilliant, as it means that our developing players will get the chance to compete against high-quality international opponents and push for selection to the senior team.”
This will be West Indies Women’s first international series at home since the pandemic hit. In September last year, they had toured England, where they were blanked 5-0. The upcoming series will also be West Indies Women’s first under Courtney Walsh after he had been appointed to the post in October 2020 following the UK tour. Walsh had also worked with the women’s team during the T20 World Cup held in Australia in February and March last year. The management will look to use the Pakistan ODIs as preparation for the ODI World Cup Qualifier in December in Sri Lanka.
“Our goal post this Pakistan series, is to have our squad play against more international opposition and take part in our Regional Tournament before heading to the Qualifiers in Sri Lanka at the end of the year,” Adams said.
Pakistan, meanwhile, have been prepping for the 50-over Women’s World Cup Qualifier by participating in a 25-day camp in the 40-degree heat of Multan. Much like West Indies Women, Pakistan Women haven’t played much cricket since the pandemic struck. Since the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia, Pakistan Women have had just one tour so far – of South Africa, where they lost the ODI series 3-0 and T20Is 2-1. They then visited Zimbabwe, but that tour ended abruptly because of flight restrictions.