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In a significant development for international women’s cricket, Pakistan poised to host the West Indies for an action-packed white-ball series this April. The series, featuring three ODIs followed by five T20Is, will unfold at Karachi’s National Bank Stadium (NBS), marking a key phase in both teams cricketing calendars.

Pakistan and West Indies

Scheduled for the 18th, 21st, and 23rd of April, the ODIs are not just games; they are pivotal encounters in the ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25. With Pakistan sitting comfortably at third in the standings with 16 points, and the West Indies at ninth with 8 points, these matches are critical for both teams’ aspirations in the championship. The series offers Pakistan a golden chance to strengthen its position and aim for direct qualification to the ICC Women’s ODI World Cup, while the West Indies will look to make a significant leap in the rankings.

T20I series

The excitement continues with a five-match T20I series from April 26 to May 3, serving as an ideal preparation ground for the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh. This series is a perfect opportunity for both teams to fine-tune their squads and strategies ahead of the global event. Given their recent form in the shortest format, the T20I series promises high-octane cricketing action and strategic gameplay.

This series will be the West Indies women’s second visit to Pakistan since 2021, highlighting the strengthening cricket ties between the two nations. Pakistan’s forthcoming hosting of its fourth series in the current cycle of the ICC Women’s Championship highlights the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) unwavering commitment to the advancement of women’s cricket. Tania Mallick, Head of Women’s Cricket at PCB, emphasized the series’ importance in fostering cricketing relationships and providing international exposure to Pakistan’s women cricketers.

High Expectations and Strategic Importance

As Pakistan’s journey in the ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25 nears its end, the series against the West Indies carries significant weight. The team aims to maximize points from the ODIs to secure a strong finish. Moreover, the T20I series will be crucial for the selectors to assess and finalize the squad for the T20 World Cup, given the team’s promising performances in the format.

Cricket fans are in for a treat with a packed schedule that promises thrilling encounters across both formats:

  • ODIs: April 18, 21, and 23 – Key clashes in the ICC Women’s Championship.
  • T20Is: April 26, 28, 30, May 2, and 3 – Intense preparation for the T20 World Cup.

As the series approaches, anticipation is building for what expected to be an electrifying showcase of women’s cricket. Both Pakistan and the West Indies geared up to deliver their best, making the upcoming white-ball series a must-watch for cricket enthusiasts worldwide.

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