LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board has announced a new three-person selection committee for women’s cricket team chaired by former captain Urooj Mumtaz. The move is part of the PCB’s strategy to further strengthen the women’s game.
Mumtaz will be joined by former players Marina Iqbal and Asmavia Iqbal as selectors. The immediate task of the committee will be to select a side for the upcoming ICC Women’s Championship fixture in South Africa this May.
The new selection committee has been installed after the panel headed by former men’s Test player Jalaluddin and Akhtar Sarfraz completed their respective terms last month.
PCB’s Managing Director Wasim Khan said, “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. He said, “Urooj is part of the PCB Cricket Committee, so her relevance to the modern game will further benefit the direction we are aiming to take the women and girls’ cricket.”
Newly appointed head of the selection committee Mumtaz 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,” she added.
Dr Urooj Mumtaz formerly captained Pakistan’s national women cricket team, and is a practicing dentist. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Sheffield, in UK.