HANGZHOU: Pakistan Women’s cricket team qualified for the Asian Games 2023 semi-finals after their quarter-final clash against Indonesia at Zhejiang University of Technology Pingfeng Cricket Field was washed out due to persistent rain here.
Pakistan women’s cricket team qualified for the semi-finals on the basis of better seeding in the tournament.
Notably, the Pakistan women’s team is the defending champion of the women’s cricket event of the Asian Games, having won gold medals in the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games.
Pakistan women’s team entered the Asian Games 2023 with momentum in their favour as they secured a historic whitewash against South Africa.
“The team is in high spirits and every player is looking forward to the Asian Games. After practicing for two days here in Hangzhou, we are all set to play Indonesia tomorrow. The Asian Games hold a special place in our hearts, and we are determined to bring home another gold medal,” Dar was quoted as saying in a PCB press release.
“That we enter this tournament after having beaten South Africa comprehensively in the T20I series will certainly help us and we look forward on carrying that momentum. The players are up for showcasing their skills on the field again.”
India on the other hand have also qualified for the semi-finals while Sri Lanka will face Thailand and Bangladesh will face Hong Kong in the other two quarter-finals on Friday.
Meanwhile, the final and the third-place playoff for the Bronze medal will be held on September 25.
Squad: Nida Dar (captain), Aliya Riaz, Anoosha Nasir, Diana Baig, Muneeba Ali, Najiha Alvi, Nashra Sundhu, Nataliya Parvaiz, Omaima Sohail, Sadaf Shamas, Sadia Iqbal, Shawaal Zulfiqar, Sidra Amin, Syeda Aroob Shah and Umm-e-Hani
Player Support staff: Ayesha Ashhar (team manager), Mauhtashim Rashid (interim head coach), Saleem Jaffer (bowling coach), Taufiq Umar (batting coach) and Rifat Gill (physiotherapist).