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Maria Khan replaces Hajra Khan as new captain of Pakistan women’s football team

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  • Hajra Khan is retained in squad as player.
  • Maria Khan is one of the overseas players in Pakistan’s squad for next SAFF Championship.
  • Malika-e-Noor is named vice-captain of Maria.

KARACHI: Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has named Maria Khan as the new captain of the Pakistan women’s football team ahead of next month’s South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship.

The goalkeeper turned mid-fielder grew up in the United States where she played football for the University of Denver before moving to the United Arab Emirates for higher studies. In the UAE she played for a local club.

She is one of two overseas players named in Pakistan’s squad for the SAFF Championship which is set to be played in Nepal from September 6. UK-based Doncaster Rovers’ Nadia Khan is also selected to represent Pakistan in the SAFF Women’s Cup.

Hajra Khan, who was the captain of Pakistan’s women’s side when it played its last international match in 2014, was replaced by Maria. Hajra is retained in the squad as a player.

Malika-e-Noor is named vice-captain of Maria. She was also a member of the 2014 squad that played Pakistan’s last game in senior women’s football.

The federation has also confirmed the 23-member squad for the SAFF Women Cup. The list of players was published by Geo on August 24.

Other than Hajra and Malika-e-Noor, Nisha Ashraf, Roshan Ali, Sahar Zaman, Mahpara Shahid and Zulfia Nazir — named in the 23-member squad for the SAFF Cup 2022 — were also part of the Pakistan women’s team in 2014. 

Atika Nasir is also from the same batch. She attended the pre-tournament camp but did not play in the tournament that was held in Islamabad.

Pakistan women’s football team will leave for Nepal on Sunday.

Squad 

Hajra Khan, Maliha Nasir, Mishal Akram Bhatti, Rameen Fareed, Alina Isphani, Anmool Hira, Ghazala Aamir, Khadija Kazmi, Marvi Baig, Nizalia Siddique, Sara Khan, Shahida Amin, Shanza Nazir, Suha Hirani, Malika-e-Noor, Nisha Ashraf, Roshan Ali, Sahar Zaman, Mahpara Shahid, Zulfia Nazir, Atika Nasir, Maria Khan, and Nadia Khan. 

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Leus du Plooy asserts, “There is a lot of talent in Pakistan.”

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Du Plooy shared details on his first-ever PSL playing experience with the media following the game.

“Even though this is my first visit, Mickey Arthur has taught me a lot about PSL.” Being a part of it is an incredible experience, and I think this league is fantastic,” Du Plooy said.

“I am astounded to see the local talent here after facing some of the net bowlers,” he continued.

In addition, Du Plooy took responsibility for his team’s errors following their defeat by Islamabad United and thanked Colin Munro for his criticism.

“In Karachi, the pitch gets harder in the middle overs and it’s easier to play in the powerplay, but we were unable to take advantage of the conditions.”

“They [Islamabad United] did a great job in the powerplay in both innings; Colin Munro in particular did a great job.”

He also valued Shan Masood, the captain of the Karachi Kings, for his leadership qualities, as the two of them stitched together a 40-run partnership for the second wicket.

“I had fun batting with Shan Masood; he’s a great leader.”

Quetta Gla will take on the Karachi Kings.

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Karachi: PSL 9 match traffic schedule

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The second round of PSL 9 matches is slated to take place from February 28 to March 18. In order to improve attendance’ convenience and ensure smooth traffic flow, Karachi Traffic Police created a specific plan.

It is recommended that guests who are coming from places like Karsaz, Millennium, and New Town use the allotted parking spaces at the PSB Coaching Centre, which is close to the stadium.

In order to prioritise the flow of cars and pedestrians, some roads will also have restricted heavy traffic access during match days.

The following routes are off-limits: Carsaaz to the Stadium, Millennium to New Town, Liaquatabad No. 10 to Hassan Square, Peoples Chowrangi to University Road, Sohrab Goth to Nipa, and Stadium Signal to Hassan Square.

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PSL 9: Basit Ali offers a daring leadership recommendation for PCB

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In order to raise the status of Green Shirts, former cricketer-turned-coach Basit Ali stated in the most recent episode of PSL special show “Har Lamha Purjosh,” hosted by Waseem Badami, that it is a good idea for new PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi to give wicketkeeper-batsman Muhammad Rizwan the captaincy of the national team.

In order to improve Pakistani cricket, he stated, “I believe that now is the ideal time to name Rizwan captain.” “This is the right time to take this bold step and name him captain. I have some free advice for the newly appointed PCB chairman.”

In the recently concluded Pakistan vs. New Zealand series, he further criticised left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi’s captaincy, claiming that it even caused his pace to decline. He went on to say, “The 4-1 defeat by New Zealand after Babar’s removal from captaincy is a good enough reason that bold decisions must be made now to prepare ahead of the World Cup.”

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