Islamabad, 8 September 2022 (TDI): With the English men’s cricket team arriving in Pakistan this month, the British High Commissioner met women cricketers at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium and hoped a tour of England’s women’s cricket team would follow soon.

The English men’s cricket team will be touring Pakistan for the first time in 17 years to play seven T20 internationals in September followed by three international test matches in December.

This year also marks 75 years of Pak-UK relations.

As the Pakistan and English cricket boards finalize arrangements, the High Commissioner met PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja and thanked him for his support for the upcoming tour.

The High Commissioner also wished good luck to the Pakistan men’s team in the Asia Cup. He later met a player of the women’s cricket team, Nida Dar, and underscored UK’s commitment to promoting inclusivity and gender equality in sports.

The Birmingham Commonwealth Games in July-August this year saw the largest contingent of Pakistani women take part with women’s cricket featured in the Games for the first time.

Fouzia Younis, Head of Communications and Public Policy at the British High Commission, later received bowling and batting tips from Nida Dar.

Fouzia Younis, Head of Communications and Public Policy at the British High Commission with the cricketers
Fouzia Younis, Head of Communications and Public Policy at the British High Commission with cricketers

The British High Commissioner Christian Turner remarked, “We are thrilled to have the men’s cricket team tour Pakistan. At the same time, the UK is committed to promoting inclusivity and gender equality in sports and would love to see the talented women I met today go head to head with the English women’s team. We are Ek Saath.”