‘It was a great feeling’: Windies on Pakistan tour
KARACHI (92 News) – The Windies Women toured Pakistan for a three-match Twenty20 International series against the hosts, saying it was an “honour” to help Pakistan play in front of their home crowds.
“It was a really great feeling. I am really glad I was a part of a team that was ready to bring cricket back to Pakistan,” said Shakera Selman, the Windies pacer. “I am really honoured that we helped the Pakistanis play in front of their families. I never realised it until I got there how much it would have meant to them.”
Her compatriot Anisa Mohammed, who had toured Pakistan back in 2003, encouraged other cricketing nations to help promote the revival of cricket in the country. “It was nice to go back to Pakistan. I had been there in 2003 and it was nice to go back,” she said.
“To be quite honest, I felt safe. From the time I left home, my trip to Pakistan is the best trip I’ve ever had. I just want to encourage all the other teams to go back there and play cricket.”
— WINDIES Women (@windieswomen) February 5, 2019
Kainat Imtiaz, the Pakistan all-rounder, was full of gratitude for the Windies team. “Playing in front of [your] home crowd is always an honour, especially when Pakistan hasn’t been hosting the teams for a very long time,” she said.
“The crowd and the surroundings were really amazing. We enjoyed playing here. Thank you to the Windies for coming to Pakistan to revive Pakistan cricket.”
Earlier, Pakistan Women won 3rd T20I against West Indies after Sarfraz Ahmed’s advises. Nida Dar’s superb 53 helped Pakistan Women win the third and final T20I to avoid a whitewash against the West Indies Women at Karachi’s Southend Club.
The Women in Green won the toss and opted to bat first; a trend that has been seen in all three matches of the series. The hosts made 150-6 in their 20 overs, with Nida’s 53 off 40 balls being the highlight of the Pakistan effort.
Karishma Ramharack, playing her first T20I of the series, was the star of the show with the ball for West Indies as she finished with figures of 2-20 in her three overs.
West Indies Women got off to a nightmare start in their difficult chase as opener Kycia Knight was dismissed for a two-ball duck by Anam Amin as Pakistan’s decision to start with spin paid dividend.
Deandra Dottin was superb once again, smashing 46 off 29 balls, but even that was not enough to keep West Indies in the game.
Wickets kept falling at regular intervals and the run-rate continued to rise with almost every passing over and the visitors never really threatened to reach the target once Dottin was dismissed.
Anam was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan, claiming 3-34 while ace spinner Sana Mir also impressed with her 2-21.