The Pakistan women’s national cricket team represents Pakistan in international women’s cricket. The team is governed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The team is currently ranked 7th in ICC Women’s Rankings with 4,081 points and a rating of 132.
In the beginning, the Pakistani women’s team was one of the least competitive of all the top level teams. They eventually improved and have played in all the Women’s World Twenty20 till date. The team also participated in Women’s Asia Cup and Asian Games
Women’s cricket was introduced in Pakistan by Sharmeen and Shaiza Khans in 1996. But they were denied permission by the government to play matches citing religious reasons. Eventually, there were granted permission and they played their first match against New Zealand in 1997. They lost all the matches on this tour. Pakistani team also played in the 2007 World Cup held in India and came last in the 11 team tournament.
The first international win came against the Netherlands in 2001. In 2005, Pakistan Cricket Board established a Women’s Wing to look after all cricket affairs. Pakistan was the host for the second edition of Women’s Asia Cup in 2005.
Over the years, Women’s cricket has picked up in Pakistan and is now seen as a way of women empowerment. Although a still is yet to be done in terms of facilities and opportunities provided to female cricketers.
The biggest victory for the Pakistani women’s team came in 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games where they won the gold medal. They defeated Bangladesh by 10 wickets. In the 204 Asian Games, they were able to repeat the heroics of 2010 and grabbed the gold medal after defeating Bangladesh by six runs in the final match.
Pakistan women’s team was the runners-up in 2012 and 2016 Women’s Asia Cup. Their best performance in World Cup was in 2009 when they reached the Super Six stage.
Following is the most current list of players of Women’s cricket team of Pakistan which is playing in 2018 ICC Women’s World T20:
|Javeria Khan (Captain)||All-rounder|
|Muneeba Ali||Left Handed Batsman|
|Anam Amin||Slow Left Arm Orthodox Bowler|
|Aiman Anwer||Right Arm Medium Fast Bowler|
|Diana Baig||Right Arm Medium Bowler|
|Nida Dar||Right Arm Off-break Bowler|
|Nahida Khan||Right Handed Batsman|
|Sidra Nawaz||Wicketkeeper / Right Handed Batsman|
|Aliya Riaz||Right Arm Fast Bowler|
|Nashra Sandhu||Slow Left Arm Orthodox Bowler|
|Umaima Sohail||Right Handed Batsman|
|Ayesha Zafar||Right Handed Batsman|
Coach : Mark Coles