Cricket with shalwars, long shirts and no male spectators

Pakistan's female cricketers will play a 4 match one-day series against an under-21 team from across the border at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium later next week. Playing the senior Indian side would be a bit too much for Pakistan, so India is sending its junior team to play against the Pakistan national team (The senior Indian women's side finished runners-up to Australia in the World Cup this year while Pakistan failed to qualify for the event).

The Pakistan cricketers would be sporting shalwar (baggy sort of trousers) and long shirts during the games. No male spectators would be allowed to watch the matches. Inspite of all that, this is a huge step for the female cricketers in Pakistan. Just about a decade ago, women in Pakistan were forbidden to play in sports in public. Things have been changing since the staging of the first even women's football match last year. The first-ever women's international squash tournament was held near Islamabad last week while a national football championship for women is scheduled in Islamabad for the first time later this month.

With a bit of experience and some proper guidance from the PCB, there is no reason why the land which produced the "Sultans of Swing" wouldn't be able to produce the "Sultanas of Swing (even reverse)".

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