Karachi: The The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have named their U-21 women's tournament after Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai in an effort to encourage girls to take up the game.
Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai
Malala, who campaigns for the right of all children to go to school, survived a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012 and earlier this month became the youngest ever winner of the Nobel peace prize.
PCB said the U-21 women's event to be held in December this year would be dedicated to Malala.
"PCB has decided to honour Malala, Pakistan's young Nobel laureate for peace 2014, by naming its inaugural U-21 national women's championship 2014-2015 after her," said a PCB release. PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan hoped the move would give female cricketers "inspiration and stimulus to excel."
The Pakistan women's cricket team retained the Asian Games gold medal in Incheon recently.