British HC meets women cricketers ahead of men’s T20 tour

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The British High Commissioner on Thursday met women cricketers at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium and hoped a tour of England’s women’s cricket team would follow soon.

Talking to the journalists, British High Com-missioner Christian Turner said, “We are thrilled to have the men’s cricket team tour Pakistan. At the same time, the UK is committed to promoting inclu-sivity 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.”

The High Commissioner also met PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja and thanked him for his support for the upcoming tour.

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

It is pertinent to mention that 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.

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.—APP

 

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