Karachi:Former Pakistan women’s cricket team skipper and one of the most celebrated and globally recognized women cricketers Sana Mir will also be a member of the distinguished panel for National T20 Cup, which begins today (Wednesday).

She will be accompanied in the commentators’ box by fellow women cricketer Marina Iqbal.

“I have experienced cricket in the backyard, on the streets, at grounds and at international level and also from the studios lately,” said Sana Mir. “Now this will be the first time for me to experience it from the commentary box. I hope it is a bit easier compared to being on the ground and I am totally looking forward to it.”

A star-studded commentary panel, including leading international commentators in Bazid Khan, Ramiz Raja and Wasim Akram, will call the 33-match event that will begin with the opening match between defending champions Northern and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa at the Multan Cricket Stadium.

Broadcast coverage will start at 2.45pm, with the first ball in the Rs9million tournament to be bowled at 3pm. The second match of the day will get underway at 7.30pm.

Besides the famed trio of Bazid, Ramiz and Wasim, Pakistan men’s national Test team captain Azhar Ali will also be a part of the commentary panel following a successful stint as an expert and analyst during the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020.

Renowned TV presenter Zainab Abbas will present for eight days, while Sawera Pasha will host the pre- and post-match shows.

Tariq Saeed will lead the panel of Urdu commentators as the PCB has fulfilled its fans’ demand and expectations to provide insight in the local language through specialist commentators.

Noted commentator and presenter Sikander Bakht, and first-class cricketer Shehzar Mohammad will also be part of the commentary team.

Ramiz will be part of the panel on the opening two days and would then return for the semi-finals and final that will be staged in Rawalpindi, while Wasim will be available for the weekend games in Rawalpindi on 9, 10 and 11 October. Bazid will be calling the entire Multan-leg.