“Sidra Ameen has been in good form of late. She did well in the practice matches and became only the second Pakistan women batter to score two ODI centuries recently. Her presence at the top of the order will instil stability,” Asmavia Iqbal, the national women’s selector, said.
“We have also selected an additional keeper in Sidra Nawaz because of the long duration of the tournament. On these tracks, we need a specialist wicketkeeper as a backup for Muneeba Ali, in case she becomes unavailable,” Iqbal said.
“Sadaf Shamas did extraordinary well in the recent practice matches and we feel this was the right time to elevate her to the national side.”
The release also stated that PCB will start the search for a new head coach after David Hemp decided to not extend his two-year contract in October.
The rest of the side remains on a consistent line. The 15-player side and the reserves will take part in a ten-day camp in Lahore from September 18 to 27 before the squad departs for the tournament on September 28.
The Asia Cup was last held in 2018 with Bangladesh clinching the title in a last-ball thriller. India are the most successful team at the tournament having won the trophy six times.
Pakistan squad: Bismah Maroof (c), Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Ayesha Naseem, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Kainat Imtiaz, Muneeba Ali (wk), Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Sadaf Shamas, Sadia Iqbal, Sidra Amin, Sidra Nawaz (wk), Tuba Hasan
Reserve Players: Nashra Sandhu, Natalia Pervaiz, Umme Hani, Waheeda Akhtar