Nida Dar calls for ‘more opportunities’ for players to bridge gap between best teams
Nida Dar is currently in the midst of the three-match ongoing ODI series against Australia.
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Pakistan women’s all-rounder Nida Dar has expressed that the national side should play more matches at the domestic and international levels to bridge the gap between the best teams. The Women in Green have currently locked horns with Australia in a three-match ODI series held Down Under.
Pakistan have already handed the series win to the hosts 2-0 in the three-match 50-over clash. Dar, who has previously featured in the colours of Sydney Thunder in the 2019 WBBL edition, opined that the players of the national side must be playing more competitive cricket in order to stay on par with the levels of the best teams.
"We need more matches to minimise the gap with the best teams. We always wanted to play competitive [cricket] and we can only improve when we play a lot of matches against the best teams. Always wanted to play Australia and share the experience, learn from [them], but the thing is as a team we need more exposure and more matches against Australia. We definitely learn a lot and that's what we want,” Dar was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Important for Pakistan players to play leagues like Big Bash or The Hundred: Nida Dar
The all-rounder further suggested that playing in the top-tier leagues such as the ‘Big Bash’ and ‘The Hundred’ will help improve their cricket.
"Definitely it is very important for the players in Pakistan to play international leagues like Big Bash or The Hundred to improve. This is the time that we have to go to different leagues and watch what other players are doing. If we go into the leagues, we can bring that experience back to Pakistan,” added Dar.
Recently, the Pakistan women's T20 league which was initially supposed to run along with the PSL in February has now been pushed back under the new management to September. It remains to be seen how the players will be able to push themselves to the top level and refine their game to stay on par with the best teams.