Hani’s call-up has raised some eyebrows as she doesn’t have any distinguishing domestic performances to back up her selection, but ESPNcricinfo understands she was picked mainly on the basis of her performances in the recent women’s camp.
On her return, chief selector Asmavia Iqbal said: “The experienced Javeria Khan has been included in the T20I squad, to boost the side’s batting, and her presence at the top of the order will provide stability.
“The team performed well in the recent ACC Women’s T20 Asia Cup and so we have not made many changes as we want a well-balanced and settled squad ahead of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup taking place next year. Fatima Sana’s comeback in the side will strengthen the fast-bowling department as the team will be without the experienced Diana Baig.
“I am sure the players will step up and perform, as important ICC Women’s Championship points will be up for grabs for direct qualification to the next ODI World Cup.”
Ireland’s tour of Pakistan includes three ODIs, part of the ICC Women’s Championship, followed by three T20Is. The ODIs will be played on November 4, 6, and 9, while the T20Is are on November 12, 14, and 16. All games are to be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. This is the first time a senior Ireland team – men or women – is touring Pakistan.
Both Pakistan’s T20I and ODI squads will undergo a four-day camp in Lahore after the players arrive at the team hotel on October 25. The squads will have fielding and net sessions on 26 and 28 October, followed by two intra-squad 50-over practice games on October 27 and 29.
Pakistan ODI squad: Bismah Maroof (capt), Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Fatima Sana, Ghulam Fatima, Kainat Imtiaz, Muneeba Ali (wk), Nashra Sandhu, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Sadaf Shamas, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Ameen, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Umm-e-Hani. Reserve players: Ayesha Naseem, Tuba Hassan
Pakistan T20I squad: Bismah Maroof (capt), Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Ayesha Naseem, Fatima Sana, Javeria Khan, Kainat Imtiaz, Muneeba Ali (wk), Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Nashra Sandhu, Sadaf Shamas, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Ameen, Tuba Hassan. Reserve players: Ghulam Fatima, Sidra Nawaz, Umm-e-Hani