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West Indies also comes into the tournament with plenty of confidence having lifted the ICC Women's World Twenty20 just previous year, as part of a hat-trick that included the ICC World Twenty20 won by the men's team and the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup taken home by its colts.

Fixtures: June 25 v South Africa, June 27 v England, July 2 v India, July 5 v Australia, July 8 v New Zealand, July 11 v West Indies, July 15 v Sri Lanka. 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.

Looking back at the brief history of the Women ICC Championship, it was first played in 1973 - two years before the first men's edition. Sana's side is in a similar position, qualifying through the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier in February, and now ranked seventh in the world. "If you can hold your nerve at that time, you can turn the tables".

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Now 31, Sana has been Pakistan captain since 2009, so brings plenty of experience to the tournament.

Earlier, New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by nine wickets in Bristol, while, India beat England by thirty five runs in Derby on Saturday. Indian put up a formidable show as Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut and Mithali Raj scored half-centuries each, and led India to a total of 281 for the loss of three wickets.England were bowled out for 246 in the chase.

She also firmly laid out her side's objectives for the tournament. Having arrived in England at the start of June, the Pakistan team were in Leicester when the men's final was taking place, and as Sana explains, their exploits have galvanised the country and inspired their female counterparts. Meg Lanning and Ellyse...

  • Julie Sanders