The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday announced the appointment of three-person women’s selection committee replacing former men’s internationals Jalaluddin and Akhtar Sarfraz.
The selection panel is led by Urooj Mumtaz, who represented Pakistan in one Test match, 38 one-day internationals and 9 T20 internationals.
Urooj Mumtaz is joined by Asmavia Iqbal and Marina Iqbal and their first assessment will be to select a squad for the ICC’s Women Championship upcoming against South Africa in May.
On the naming of the new all-female panel, PCB managing director Wasim Khan said:
Women’s cricket will be an important priority moving forward and this has been reflected in the selection of such a relevant and dynamic committee. Their appointments will go a long way towards accelerating the progress of our senior women’s team.
Attracting women with the relevant skill sets and a passion for the women’s game was critical when forming this new Committee. Offering merit-based opportunities to exceptionally talented women who can help drive and influence the game spells a new and exciting era at the PCB.
Following the appointment, Urooj said:
I would like to thank the PCB for believing in me and my abilities for this new role as the Chair of the women’s selection committee.
As we move into a new era of women’s cricket, we need to have the ability to adapt to the modern day game. Keeping that in mind, we aim to inspire and produce players with the skills and talent to compete consistently at the top international level, and also encourage the younger generation to take up this great game and become the ambassadors of Pakistan.