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Saleem Jaffer satisfied with pre-series camp for Ireland series

Lahore, 30 October 2022: The pre-series camp of Pakistan women’s ODI and T20I squads ended today. In the last day of the camp, PCB Whites defeated PCB Blues by three wickets in an intra-squad match here at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Pakistan women’s T20I and ODI squads had undergone a five-day pre-series camp before the start of the Ireland series. The squads featured in two intra-squads matches and also underwent fitness and practice sessions at the NHPC.

Pakistan ODI squad will rest tomorrow and will resume their series camp from 1 November at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Pakistan and Ireland are all set to play six limited-overs matches, three ODIs – part of ICC Women’s Championship followed by three T20Is at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The matches will be played between 4 to 16 November and will be live-streamed on PCB YouTube channel.

Reflecting on team’s preparation for the Ireland series, bowling coach and interim head coach Saleem Jaffer said, “The camp went really well, we worked on the mistakes made during the ACC Women’s T20 Asia Cup and tried to rectify it. We worked an extra yard on our fielding drills in the pre-series camp.

“Today’s practice game at the Gaddafi Stadium will help our side to know the conditions well before we play against Ireland at the same venue. We have two more days of practice to go and we will try to make maximum use of the practice sessions to get ourselves ready for the important series.”

In today’s 40-over intra-squad match, Bismah Maroof-led PCB Whites won the toss and elected to field first against Nida Dar’s PCB Blues. The experienced pair of Aliya Riaz and Nida Dar scored 51 and 40, respectively which helped Blues to score 183 all out in 40 overs.

Right-arm fast Fatima Sana – who is making a comeback in the series, was the most successful bowler for her side and bagged three wickets for 43.

In return, Bismah’s unbeaten 92 helped her side to a three-wicket win in the last over. The left-handed batter innings included nine boundaries off 116 balls. Bismah smashed 102 off 116 in the first intra-squad match two days ago at the LCCA Ground.

Nida who bagged three wickets in the previous intra-squad match, grabbed two wickets for 35 runs in eight overs. Ghulam Fatima with her right-arm leg-spin took three wickets for 31 runs in eight overs.