Lahore [Pakistan]July 10 (ANI): Pakistan are looking to use the tri-series against Australia and Ireland as a perfect warm-up for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Bisma Maruf’s side will fly to Europe this week ahead of four T20I matches in Belfast against tough opposition ahead of the eight-team Commonwealth Games, which begin later this month.

Recent rain in Rawalpindi and Islamabad has made life difficult for the ever-improving Pakistan side, with many recent home training sessions being moved indoors to avoid the added challenges of unpredictable weather.

But Bisma said preparations are still good for a busy period of cricket ahead.

“Our training has suffered a bit due to the continuous rains because we haven’t been able to play practice matches, so we have had to focus more on fitness. We have been trying to make more use of the indoor facilities that have been provided to us and that has been a good help amid the challenges with the weather,” Bismo said in a statement.

“We have a good squad with youngsters like Tuba Hasan, Aisha Naseem and Fatima Sana providing real energy, skill and talent. They are the ones who look forward to the future and this tour is a real opportunity for them to make a strong impression,” she said. added.

The first match of the tri-series between Pakistan and Australia will be played in Belfast on July 16, before three more games at the same venue over five days.

Bisma said she hopes to quickly acclimatise to European conditions during the tri-series and then aim for at least one win during the Commonwealth Games.

Pakistan will play Barbados in their opening match of the Commonwealth Games at Edgbaston on July 29, before taking on India (July 31) and Australia (August 3) later in the tournament.

“The triple series in Ireland gives us a good opportunity to acclimatise to the conditions ahead of the Commonwealth Games,” said Bisma.

“At the Commonwealth Games we would take on the challenge of facing formidable opponents because we need to beat big teams to be successful, our aim would be to achieve victory.” Pakistan squad: Bisma Maruf (c), Ayman Anwar, Alia Riaz, Anam Amin, Aisha Nasim, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Gul Feroza, Iram Javed, Kainat Imtiaz, Muniba Ali Siddiqui, Needa Dar, Amayma Sohail, Sadia Iqbal, Tuba Hasan. (ANI)

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