15 April | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

Australian HC plays few shots with young players at Kinnaird

High Commissioner Neil Hawkins says these girls are building their confidence and inspiring others as they hit a boundary or take a catch

Australian High Commissioner Neil Hawkins visited Lahore’s Kinnaird College for Women where he played and enjoyed few shots with the young players attending the fifth Girls’ Cricket Cup, hosted in Lahore by the Australian High Commission and the Kinnaird College with the support from the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Playing few shots after the event, Neil Hawkins extended his best wishes for the young players, and emphasized his support for the girls in sport and their endeavors. Neil Hawkins was keenly anticipating an exhilarating competition between teams of various colleges as he emphasized the significance of the female cricketers.

Tania Mallick emphasizes need for progress in women’s cricket

The Girls’ Cricket Cup sought to promote gender equality and empower girls through sports. On the occasion, the high commissioner congratulated the participants and thanked the organizers for their assistance, emphasizing the confidence-building aspects of sports for girls. “Every time, these girls hit a boundary or take a catch, they’re building their confidence and inspiring others,” he said.

Top coaches and members of the Pakistan National Women’s Team took the girls through a three-day coaching camp in preparation for the event. Head of Pakistan Women Cricket Tania Mallick congratulated organizers for arranging the tournament to develop young talent and emphasized the need for progress in women’s cricket in Pakistan.

Kinnaird College for Women Principal Rukhsana David emphasized the college’s dedication to women empowerment via sports. “We are excited to have Pakistan’s national women cricketers as mentors to the participants. This helps foster confidence, team spirit, and inspiration among the girls,” she said.

The fifth edition of the Girls’ Cricket Cup featured teams from the Government Shuhda-e-APS Memorial Girls High School, the Government Central Model School, the Government Tehzeeb-ul-Binn’at Model Girls School and the Kinnaird Cricket Academy. All the players are among the best of the best, selected after the training camps.

Earlier, the Australian high commissioner watched the PSL match at Gaddafi Stadium upon the invitation of Punjab’s Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi. “The enjoyment of the match is doubled in the great atmosphere at the Gaddafi Stadium,” Neil Hawkins said, and congratulated Mohsin Naqvi on his election as the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Mohsin Naqvi thanked the Australian envoy for attending the match and expressed a desire for stronger cricketing ties. “The people of both Pakistan and Australia love cricket, as cricket is a game of peace. I want the Australian cricket team to come to Pakistan and play a series,” he said.