Wasim Takes Charge of Pakistan Women’s Cricket for Asia Cup

Wasim Takes Charge of Pakistan Women’s Cricket for Asia Cup

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has shaken things up for the Pakistan women’s national cricket team in anticipation of the upcoming Women’s T20 Asia Cup, scheduled for July 19-28 in Sri Lanka.

The announcement revealed a revamped coaching staff tasked with guiding the team through this crucial tournament.

Mohammad Wasim Steps Up as Head Coach

Former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Wasim, who previously held the position of chief selector for the men’s team, takes the reins as the new head coach.  This appointment signals a shift in focus for Wasim, who is also expected to contribute his expertise as batting coach.

Strengthening the Support System

Bolstering Wasim’s leadership are former internationals Junaid Khan and Abdur Rehman. Khan brings his experience as a fast bowler to the role of assistant coach, while Rehman’s expertise in spin bowling will be invaluable for the team’s development.

Focus on the Asia Cup

The PCB has emphasized that these appointments are specifically for the Asia Cup, leaving the question of a permanent coaching staff open for future evaluation.

Wasim’s Coaching Credentials

Wasim brings a strong coaching background from his tenure with Northern, a now-disbanded domestic team in Pakistan (2019-2023). Under his guidance, Northern achieved impressive results, including a National T20 Cup victory (2019-20) and consecutive runner-up finishes in the prestigious Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

Women’s Team in a Period of Transition

The Pakistan women’s team has been under interim coaching recently, with Mohtashim Rasheed as head coach and Taufeeq Umar and Salim Jaffar as batting and bowling coaches respectively. These changes indicate the PCB’s desire to inject fresh ideas and leadership into the team.

A Crucial Tournament After Recent Setbacks

The upcoming Asia Cup presents a significant challenge for the Pakistan women’s team. Recent tours against West Indies and England saw them emerge victorious in just one T20I, highlighting the need for a turnaround.

However, it’s important to acknowledge the team’s achievements last year, which included a series win against South Africa and a historic T20I series victory in New Zealand – the first ever by an Asian team.

Training Camp Paves the Way

With the Asia Cup on the horizon, a 28-player contingent is currently undergoing an intensive four-day training camp in Karachi.

This rigorous preparation camp will allow the new coaching staff to assess the players’ strengths and weaknesses, ultimately leading to the selection of a strong team for the tournament.

The revamped coaching staff and a focused training camp signal the PCB’s commitment to the Pakistan women’s cricket team.

With a blend of experience and fresh perspectives, Wasim and his team will be aiming to guide the Women in Green to a successful Asia Cup campaign.