The Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) will finalise a 17-member national women’s team in September to play a five-match Twenty-20 series against their Nepalese counterparts when the visitors will tour Pakistan in December.
PBCC Director Bilal Satti, talking to APP, said the first phase of the training camp of the blind female cricket players will kick off in Abbottabad from Saturday and will continue till July 5.
“A total of 32 female players and nine coaches will be supervised by head coach Nafees Ahmed at the camp and will be taught regarding rules, techniques and methods of game,” he said.
He said Ahmed had also coached the national men’s team to victory in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups. “Phase-II of the camp will take place in Lahore in September in which the next group of 35 more players will be trained. After the camp a 17-member team will be finalised for the series against Nepal,” he said.
The Nepal team had also committed to tour Pakistan in 2014 but the plan could not be materialised as PBCC did not get the required Rs3 million grant from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to host the series.
Players have been shortlisted in the B1, B2 and B3 categories from seven cities — Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Attock, Bahawalpur and Gujranwala.
The players are Rabbia Shahzadi, Saba Gul, Tayyaba Zafar, Farmina Sher, Reena Sher, Rabia Javed Hashmi, Robina Aslam, Mubeen Javed, Bushra Zahoor, Sumiya Mumtaz, Aqsa Arif, Sadia Khalid, Arzoo, Aqsa Tabassum, Maria Arshed, Kiran Shahzadi, Nimra Rafique, Saba Shaukat, Kiran Rafique, Sajida Bano, Anum Zakir, Anila Rasheed, Tayyaba Fatima, Maria Zakir, Hawra Murtaza, Laiba Ghanyani, Maria Bibi, Amina Bibi, Shabnam Sharif, Iqra Inayat, Munaza Ilyas and Bushra Shahzadi.