Women's Asia Cup April 16, 2008

Three newcomers in Pakistan squad for Asia Cup

Cricinfo staff
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Nida Dar is the only member of Pakistan's World Cup qualifiers squad not to make the 14-member squad for the Asia Cup scheduled to begin in Sri Lanka on May 2.

Dar, still to make her debut, did not feature in any of the qualifiers' matches in South Africa, yet other newcomers, Shumaila Mushtaq, Almas Akram, Javeria Khan, have been given a chance to prove themselves in Sri Lanka. Urooj Mumtaz has been retained as captain. Mumtaz led Pakistan to the qualifiers final where they lost to South Africa but nevertheless managed to gain a place in the World Cup next year.

Pakistan open the tournament with a match against Sri Lanka. For the first time Bangladesh has also been included in the Asia Cup.

Pakistan squad:
Urooj Mumtaz (capt), Tasqeen Qadeer, Sajjida Shah, Bismah Maroof, Nain Abidi, Sana Javed, Sana Mir, Qanita Jalil, Asmavia Iqbal, Batool Fatima (wk), Sadia Yousuf, Shumaila Mushtaq, Almas Akram, Javeria Khan.