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January 12, 2009
Urooj Mumtaz will lead Pakistan's 15-member squad for the Tri-Nation Series in Bangladesh, from February 3 to 18, and the subsequent Women's World Cup in Australia from March 7 to 22.
Sana Mir will be Mumtaz's deputy in the touring party, which includes four uncapped players in Nahida Khan, Armaan Khan, Sania Khan and Sukhan Faiz. Among those missing from the squad are former captain Sana Javed as well as opener Tasqeen Qadeer.
Pakistan qualified for the World Cup, which will have eight teams, by finishing second in last year's qualifiers in South Africa - they lost in the final to the hosts. They have been drawn in the same group as India, England and Sri Lanka.
The top three teams will make it to the Super Six round, a tough ask for Pakistan, given England are the pre-tournament favourites, and that both India and Sri Lanka beat them convincingly in the Asia Cup in May 2008. Pakistan have also not played any international cricket since the tournament, with West Indies having cancelled a visit to the country over security concerns.
However, they will gain match practice before the World Cup in a triangular contest in Bangladesh, involving the hosts and Sri Lanka.
Pakistan squad Urooj Mumtaz (capt), Sana Mir (vice-captain), Bismah Maroof, Nain Abidi, Sajjida Shah, Javeria Khan, Armaan Khan, Batool Fatima, Nahida Khan, Almas Akram, Asmavia Iqbal, Sania Khan, Qanita Jalil, Naila Nazir, Sukhan Faiz.
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