West Indies V Pakistan, Women's World T20 Preview - Match 3
“We do have the potential to go through the tournament strongly,” says Merissa Aguilleira
15 March 2016 20:43
There is no lack of experience in the Pakistan camp, with the likes of Sana Mir, Bismah Maroof, Javeria Khan, Nain Abidi and Nida Dar having played a lot of international cricket over the years.
West Indies, apart from being the favourite for the Group B clash of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2016, is also better prepared than Pakistan, which, unfortunately, has not had enough match time ahead of the big competition.
The last time the two sides met for a limited-overs series, in the Caribbean, Stafanie Taylor's side won the ODI series 3-1 and the T20 International series 3-0.
Pakistan's squad has undergone a lot of changes since that disappointing tour of the West Indies. The selectors have recalled Nahida Bibi Khan, the medium pacer, Sadiya Yousuf, the left-arm spinner, Sidra Nawaz, the 21-year-old wicketkeeper, and Sidra Ameen, the medium pacer who featured in the ODIs against West Indies.
But there is no lack of experience in the Pakistan camp, with the likes of Sana Mir, Bismah Maroof, Javeria Khan, Nain Abidi and Nida Dar having played a lot of international cricket over the years.
Meanwhile, West Indies, which has lost in the semi-final of the WWT20 three times in a row, will be desperate to get that monkey off its back. But, in the one warm-up game it played against Australia Women here on Monday, things didn't go to plan, with the defending champion beating it by 43 runs.
But Taylor, who replaced Merissa Aguilleira as captain recently, has a very exciting unit at her disposal, and the team practiced at the nets alongside members – two pacers and an offspinner – of a local Under-23 boys’ team, and the batters – Deandra Dottin in particular – looked in great shape, practicing some of the big shots the format demands.
“The preparation leading up to the World Cup has been great for us,” said Aguilleira on the sidelines of the training session. “We have good preparatory matches and camps, so (there are) no reasons to complain at all. We had an unsuccessful warm-up match against Australia, but we do have the potential to go through the tournament strongly, and we will get over the mistakes we made in that game and put out our best against Pakistan tomorrow.”
The surface here has traditionally been on the slower side and is known for being batting-friendly, but what it offers on Wednesday under the hot and sultry conditions is something only time will answer.
The tickets, priced at Rs 50, Rs 200 and Rs 1000 are selling well, according to officials at the stadium, and a decent-sized crowd is expected to gather.
The stage is set. The stadium is being decked up. Now for a good game of cricket for the cricket-hungry people of Chennai.
Pakistan Women: Sana Mir (capt), Javeria Wadood, Nahida Bibi Khan, Sidra Amin, Bismah Maroof, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui, Nida Rashid, Iram Javed, Asmavia Iqbal Khokhar, Anam Amin, Sadia Yousaf, Aliya Riaz, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Nain Abidi, Diana Baig.
West Indies Women: Stafanie Taylor (capt), Shakera Selman, Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Shaquana Quintyne, Tremayne Smartt.
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