KARACHI - Pakistan women’s cricket team captain Sana Mir has said her team’s tour of Ireland and England will provide perfect conditions and opportunity to prepare for next month’s World Twenty20 Cup in Sri Lanka.

Shortly before leaving for London on fortnight long tour of Ireland and England here on Friday late night, Sana Mir said the visitors on three weeks tour would play as many as 13 limited-over matches including participating in a three-nation contest in Ireland involving the host country and another visiting team Bangladesh.  “During the tour, the team will get enough chances to asses the strength and weaknesses of the individual player and also of the team under challenging conditions and against different outfits,” she said.

“The team will have sufficient number of matches in which it can try different combinations and play players at different order to try out a good and strong combination. Each of the 14 players will get enough chances to play and prove their worth as batswomen, bowler or fielder,” she added.  Sana was confident the team members at the end of the tour would be far more prepared and confident for the world T20 cup in Sri Lanka. “In the first part of the tour which will be played in Ireland between August 18-30, Pakistan will be involved in a three-nation contest involving the host nation and visiting Bangladesh. The teams will play three ODI’s and three T20,” the captain said.  Later, Pakistan will tour England from August 30 to September 6 and play seven T20 matches. On England tour Pakistan will play two T20 against England at the start of the tour followed by two T20 against England Under 19, two T20 against local clubs and one T20 against the West Indies before returning home around September 8, she concluded.

Ayesha Asher is team manger and Mohtashim Rashid coach. The team which was training here for the last one month at a Southend Club is: Sana Mir (capt), Bismah Maroof, Syeda Nain Fatima Abidi (vc), Javeria Wadood, Nida Rashid, Marina Iqbal, Batool Fatima (wk), Qanita Jalil, Asmavia Iqbal, Rabiya Shah, Elizabeth Khan, Sadia Yousaf, Nahida Bibi and Masooma Junaid. Reserves fort the team are: Mariam Hussan Shah, Sumaiya Siddiqui, Kanwal Naz, Javeria Rauf.