Diana Baig, 27, has been ruled out of the forthcoming T20I series against Australia due to a fracture in her right index finger. She will also miss the Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa, which begins on February 10.
Baig was injured while fielding in the third One-Day International (ODI) against the hosts at North Sydney Oval on Saturday, January 21. Baig injured herself while attempting to catch the ball on the last delivery of Australia’s seventh over and was immediately transported to a nearby hospital.
An X-ray verified the fracture, and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) medical team promptly urged her to rest for at least four weeks. Because of the injury, she will be unable to compete in the forthcoming competitions, and the governing board has named right-handed hitter Sadaf Shamas, who was part of the reserves, as her substitute.
Notably, the Bismah Maroof-led squad was completely thrashed by Australia in the 50-overs tournament. Beth Mooney, who batted first in the fourth ODI, established her influence once again, scoring 133 runs off 105 deliveries. Later, captain Meg Lanning entered the fray, scoring 72 runs off 70 deliveries, and thanks to their efforts, Australia had 336 runs on the board after 50 overs.
Pakistan never seemed at ease with the bat, as the Australian squad was all over them from the outset. Despite this, they battled valiantly but never seemed to be favourites to win the game. The majority of their hitters received starts but failed to score as Pakistan fell by 101 runs. Their batters’ form is a major source of worry ahead of the T20I series and the crucial T20 World Cup.
Meanwhile, the T20I series will kick off on January 24 in Sydney. The series’ second and third matches will be contested on January 26 and 29 in Hobart and Canberra, respectively.