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England women’s cricket team captain Heather Knight ‘super excited’ to host Pakistan after 8 years


Englang girls’s workforce captain Heather Knight speaks to Prime Time News24 in an interview. — Prime Time News24/File

BIRMINGHAM: England Ladies’s cricket workforce captain Heather Knight says she is “tremendous excited” to host the Pakistan girls’s workforce subsequent month. 

The inexperienced shirts might be visiting England after a spot of eight years for a bilateral sequence the place they may lock horns with the house aspect first in three T20 internationals, adopted by three One Day Internationals. 

Talking solely to Prime Time News24, the 2017 cricket World Cup-winning captain, Knight stated that Pakistan girls have proven some good kind within the just lately concluded sequence in opposition to New Zealand and her workforce is just not taking the matches in opposition to Pakistan flippantly and is totally ready to tackle the guests.

“I do not suppose will probably be a straightforward run in any respect. They’ve simply bought a brand new captain in Nida Dar, a few of the gamers are performing extra constantly they usually’ve had some actually good outcomes just lately so it will not be straightforward in any respect. We predict a troublesome match in opposition to them and hopefully, we are able to deliver our recreation and entertain the group,” the England girls’s workforce’s captain stated.

Knight advised Prime Time News24 that the Pakistan girls’s workforce has some actually gifted cricketers however for her Fatima Sana would be the one participant to observe. She has performed with a younger Pakistani all-rounder within the FAIRBREAK cricket match and was very impressed, will probably be thrilling to play in opposition to her at house.

“Fatima is a good child and she or he’s bought plenty of power enthusiasm, plenty of ardour. She is creating into bowler too so she is actually the one to observe. I actually get on with the ladies within the Pakistan workforce particularly with Fati (Fatima Sana) as I stated and Nida is a extremely pretty woman too.

“I all the time get pleasure from chatting with these women and listening to what their life is like and the way cricket is for them of their nation. So it ought to be an thrilling sequence and look ahead to seeing them on English soil,” the English captain stated.

Pakistan girls’s workforce have performed in England a couple of instances, extra just lately in 2022 throughout the Commonwealth Video games, however England girls have by no means visited Pakistan.

In 2021, English workforce was scheduled to play three ODIs and two T20Is however the sequence was referred to as off by the ECB on account of safety points with the England males’s workforce who had been scheduled to make a short cease in Pakistan to play two T20Is en path to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the ICC T20 World Cup.

Since then England’s males’s squad have visited Pakistan twice in 2022 first for the seven-match T20I sequence and later for a three-match take a look at sequence. However the England girls’s workforce’s tour hasn’t been rescheduled. Heather Knight advised Prime Time News24 that she is just not certain the tour hasn’t been scheduled once more. 

“I might like to go clearly is not in our future excursions program for no matter cause in the meanwhile I am undecided why. Definitely would like to see it within the calendar so hopefully that may occur sooner or later,” she stated. 

Heather Knight herself has by no means been to Pakistan however now needs to go to after the suggestions she’s bought from her fellow feminine cricketers who visited final 12 months to play in exhibition matches forward of PSL. 

“Few of our women went to the PSL and performed in it like Danny Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont and others they usually stated it was an excellent expertise. It’s a rustic the place I might like to go to because it’s meant to be very stunning and from what I’ve heard it is very nice to go to. 

The England girls’s workforce’s skipper stated that her all-time favorite cricketer from Pakistan is the previous captain and the very best left-arm pacer ever to grace the sport, Wasim Akram, as she liked watching him play.

Pakistan girls are set to play the primary recreation of the tour in opposition to England at Edgbaston Stadium on 11 Could 2024. Final 12 months when England performed in opposition to Australia within the girls’s Ashes almost 20,000 folks attended the sport which was a brand new file for a girls’s recreation in England. For Pakistan girls’s recreation already greater than 10,000 tickets have been offered.

Knight is hopeful {that a} excessive variety of ticket gross sales and the sturdy presence of the Pakistani group in Birmingham will lead to sturdy assist for each groups on the bottom. 

“Clearly there’s a powerful Pakistani group right here in Birmingham so hopefully the assist might be actually good for each groups and looking out ahead to this. It is gonna be sequence and excited to have them over right here. 

“I heard that the Edgbaston recreation is specifically promoting rather well I feel there’s been greater than seventeen thousand tickets offered throughout the summer season for girls’s video games already for us which is superior. So we would like to have their assist for us, to get them behind us and hopefully, we are going to entertain them”, she added.

Just lately the England and Wales Cricket Board introduced a brand new three their first-class system for girls’s cricket to switch the prevailing home construction.

Eight first-class counties Durham, Essex, Hampshire, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Somerset, Surrey and Warwickshire have been awarded Tier 1 girls’s workforce standing from 2025 whereas two further county groups will increase it from eight to 10 groups by 2027 with an intent to develop to 12 groups by the 2029 season.

Talking concerning the new home construction for girls’s cricket, Knight stated that this may assist to spice up the variety of feminine gamers in home cricket offering them equal alternatives to flourish within the recreation as their male counterparts.

“Bringing extra funding into the ladies’s recreation is admittedly cool. I feel it is an enormous alternative for the international locations as properly. The expansion of ladies’s cricket is gonna be large and hopefully, that is gonna result in the counties and the sport having extra success, more cash and extra folks enjoying which is admittedly necessary”.

“So sure a extremely good step up and it is fairly thrilling to see how it might develop. I feel it simply simplifies issues slightly bit extra, having like 1 membership and a pair of groups female and male and crucial factor is equal entry to alternative and amenities which hopefully this may deliver,” the English skipper concluded.

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