Australian HC gives good wishes to Pakistan’s women cricket team

Dr. Geoffrey Shaw, Australian HighCommissioner to Pakistan said that Pakistan Super League (PSL) will play acrucial role in building confidence and change the players’ minds about the country.

During his visit at National StadiumKarachi (NSK) to meet Pakistan women cricket team and give his good wishesahead of T20 world cup, starting from February 21, 2020 in Australia, he saidthat talks between Chairman PCB and CEO Cricket Australia were in progressabout the tour of Australian cricket team to Pakistan.

He said that number of Australiancricketers coming to Pakistan to take part in the 5th edition of PSL hence thisevent would play a crucial role in building confidence and change the players’minds about the country.

Australian High Commissioner said:“Australia is about to become the first cricketing nation to close the genderprize money gap. At this year’s T20 World Cup, Cricket Australia will top upprize money won by the women’s team to deliver parity with their malecounterparts,” Shaw said; adding that defending champions Australia wouldhost 10 teams and 23 matches across six cities.

He said that they were holding thefinal of the World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the biggestcricket stadium in the world, with a bold ambition to set a record forattendance at a women’s sporting fixture and invited fans and visitors to bepart of the T20 World Cup and FILLTHEMCG campaign.

The High Commissioner said, “It is agreat privilege to meet the Pakistan National Women’s Cricket Team. I wish theteam a fantastic stay in Australia. The players will receive a very warmAustralian welcome. We expect some fabulous cricket.”

Commenting on the bush fire incidentthat took place few months ago, he said that it created devastating impact onhuman lives, property, environment and animals; adding that Australiangovernment’s top priority was to give emergency response for the safety ofcommunity and tourists.

For the purpose around AUS$ 2billion has been allocated for rebuilding and AUS $50 millions for wild liferestoration, he maintained.

The reception were attended byplayers selected for the T20 World Cup, the Chair of the Pakistan NationalWomen’s Selection Committee Urooj Mumtaz, the team’s coaches and senior membersof the PCB.

Meanwhile, Urooj Mumtaz thanked HighCommissioner to come and encourage Pakistan women T20 squad and added wholePakistani nation were with the people of Australia in this saddest incident ofbush fire.

She hoped that Pakistan womencricket team would perform well in this mega event. Answering to a question,she said that Sana Mir had been dropped due to her poor statistics during lastcouple of years. The Pakistan team would depart for Australia on January 31 andwill play its first match against West Indies on February 26 at Manuka Oval.

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