Pakistan begin Women's World Cup campaign tomorrow


Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Thursday advised the country's women's cricket team taking part in the ICC Women's World Cup in England, to emulate their male counterparts - the newly-crowned Champions Trophy winners.

The Pakistan women's team will play their tournament opener against South Africa on Sunday.

Pakistan played the South Africans in their first match of the ICC World Cup today and put together 206 for 8 with Nahida Khan adding 79, highest ever by any Pakistani in Women's World Cup.

Opening batsman and wicketkeeper Lauren Winfield will miss England's ICC Women's World Cup opener against India on Saturday because of a wrist injury.

The 31-year-old's side qualified for this year's World Cup via the qualification round in February and they have been in England from the start of June to prepare for the biggest 50-over event.

All the fixtures will be streamed live, with 10 broadcast on television in another sign of the growing global interest in women's cricket.

"We want to take every game as it comes and we don't want to get ahead of ourselves".

"Those are the areas, especially, that I have been working on as a captain, because when this pressure builds up in a huge tournament and the opposition can intimidate you at times, so if you can hold your nerve at that time you can turn the tables".

England possesses an impressive record at a home ICC Women's World Cup, winning the competition on both the previous occasions in 1973 and 1993, as well as in Sydney in 2009 with eyes on Heather Knight and her team, bidding for a fourth crown. He is hopeful that Team India will go a long way in the tournament and also advised the team to watch out for other players.

Meanwhile West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor accepted her team needed a different approach compared to the one that served them so well in Twenty20 cricket. They are very skilful and unsafe in tournaments like these.