Pakistan star cricketer Sana Mir retires
Even in the early part of the new millennium, women’s were banned from playing in the open field in Pakistan. Pakistan star all-rounder Sana Mir started playing cricket in such a conservative environment. Her international debut was in 2005. And today when she said goodbye to cricket, she has a brilliant career of 15 years behind her and that is why she is getting the recognition of a woman fighter.
Former Pakistan women’s cricket captain Sana Mir announced his retirement on Saturday at the age of 34. Sana, who has led Pakistan to two ODI World Cups and five T20 World Cups, has played 226 international matches. Spinning all-rounder Sana is one of the nine women cricketers in the world to have 1000 runs and 100 wickets. Sana, who topped the ODI rankings in 2018, captained Pakistan to gold in the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games cricket.
The selectors dropped Sana from the Pakistan squad for the last Australia T20 World Cup. That’s when it was hinted that she was at the very end of his career. On Saturday, she announced his retirement, saying,
“This is the right time to move on. I believe I have served the country and cricket to the best of my ability.”
Women’s cricket has yet to enter the circle of bright light, the light that shines in men’s cricket. That is why the faces of Imran Khan, Javed Miandad or Wasim Akram will come to the fore in the first place. But to the younger generation, Sana Mir will also be a cricket legend of Pakistan.
Wasim Khan, chief executive officer of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), acknowledged in a statement that Mir (Sana) had been the face of Pakistan cricket for many years and a true source of inspiration for young women cricketers. With her promise and love, Mir has broken the glass roof of women’s cricket in the country. With her performance, she has not only raised the standard of cricket in the country, but also the image of Pakistan abroad.