Teenager Syeda Aroob Shah earns maiden call-up; Sandhu, Fatima return for Bangladesh ODIs

Pakistan have made three changes to their squad that beat Bangladesh 3-0 in the T20I series earlier this week for the ODIs. Fifteen-year old legspinner Syeda Aroob Shah has earned her maiden Pakistan call-up, figuring in the 15-member squad for the two-match series against the same opponents at home. Left-arm spinner Sadia Iqbal, who made her international debut in the T20I series has also been included in this squad, which also has left-arm spinner Nashra Sandhu and seamer Fatima Sana.

Syeda, Sandhu and Fatima, who were part of the Pakistan Emerging squad that played in the ACC’s women’s Emerging Teams Cup, have come into the side replacing Ayesha Zafar, Anam Amin and Saba Nazir. All three of them finished with three wickets apiece across two games in the series. Fatima, who made her debut in May this year has played two ODIs and three T20Is while Sandhu has picked up 34 wickets in 27 ODIs and 21 wickets in 23 T20Is. Sadia picked up four wickets in the T20I series, including 3 for 19 in the second match.

A release said the selection committee, led by Urooj Mumtaz, picked a squad that strikes the balance between youth and experience, and serves players an opportunity to warm-up for Pakistan’s final-round women’s championship fixtures against England in December.

The two ODIs are scheduled to be played on November 2 and 4 at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium.

ODI squad: Bismah Maroof (capt), Aliya Riaz, Syeda Aroob Shah, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Iram Javed, Javeria Khan, Kainat Imtiaz, Nashra Sandhu, Nahida Khan, Omaima Sohail, Sadia Iqbal, Sana Mir, Sidra Amin, Sidra Nawaz

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