Former captain Urooj Mumtaz will be chairing a new all-female selection committee for women’s cricket, a press statement by Pakistan Cricket Board said on Wednesday.
The impressive Asmavia Iqbal has been retained, while Marina Iqbal has been added as a new selector. The immediate task of the committee will be to select a side for the upcoming ICC Women’s Championship fixture away in South Africa in May.
As part of the board’s restructuring within the women’s game, Aisha Jalil has been elevated to team manager, while Ayesha Ashhar has been assigned the responsibility of planning and coordinating international cricket.
The new selection committee has been installed after the panel headed by former men’s Test player Jalaluddin, and also including former international Akhtar Sarfraz, completed their respective terms last month.
PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan thanked Jalaluddin and Sarfraz for their contribution to women’s cricket. “Women’s cricket will be an important priority moving forward and this has been reflected in the selection of such a relevant and dynamic committee. Their appointments will go a long way towards accelerating the progress of our senior women’s team,” he said.
He shared that the new selection committee comprises players who, until very recently, were involved in white ball cricket. “This syncs very nicely with the PCB’s vision of providing an environment where women’s cricket not only thrives but where we are able to increase our pool of players so that it can sustainably grow and flourish.”
Former women’s captain Mumtaz, who represented Pakistan in 92 one-dayers and 68 T20s, said she was confident that “the performance of the team would improve steadily”.
About the women’s selection committee:
Asmavia Iqbal: The 31-year-old from Multan played international cricket from 2005 and 2017, during which she scored 922 runs and taking 70 wickets in the 50-over format and scored 421 runs with 44 wickets in the 20-over format. She was a member of the Pakistan women’s teams that played in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2009, 2013 and 2017, as well as in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cups in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016.
Marina Iqbal: The 32-year-old from Quetta played international cricket from 2009 to 2017. In 36 ODIs, she scored 436 runs and took eight wickets, while in 42 T20Is, she scored 340 runs and took two wickets. She played in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, as well as in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cups in 2009, 2012 and 2014.
Urooj Mumtaz: The 33-year-old from Karachi played international cricket from 2004 to 2010. She also captained Pakistan at the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2009 in Sydney. She played one Test, 38 ODIs and nine T20Is. She is presently a member of the PCB Cricket Committee.