ICC comes out in support of Pakistan cricket

A look at some of the players that are expected to play a pivotal role in the women team's campaign

Everyone's fit, everyone's excited with a few nerves creeping in, but that's natural.

Plans for the full resumption of worldwide cricket in Pakistan moved forward Friday when the sport's global governing body said it wanted to send a World XI team to the country later this year.

Van Niekerk said: "We have a great bowling attack, with the best bowler in the world in our team".

The team are ranked number six in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI rankings but Van Niekerk believes that the ranking does well in helping them with not having to deal with the pressures that other, higher ranked sides have to deal with. "We're not defending champions like Australia, World T20 holders like West Indies and we don't have the weight of being the hosting nation and feeling like the eyes of everyone here are on us".

The animated game, featuring a match between a crickets and snails, was first used to celebrate the start of the ICC Champions Trophy this month.




Pakistan hosted South Africa in Sharjah in March 2015 in the ICC Women's Championship fixture and South Africa came from behind to claim a 2-1 series victory. Hence, they should not be stressed about the results and should focus on enjoying the journey.

All the eight teams involved will play each other the once, with the top four contesting the semi-finals.

Najam had announced the event to take place in September but the schedule of tour that would definitely adorn cricket ground in Pakistan once again is still not confirmed. Hopefully we can build on from that without underestimating a team like Pakistan.

"The first game is always very important in any tournament". "I just wanted to get it over and done with".

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