The world of sports is considered a man’s world but over the course of the years, many high-achieving women during the past several decades have successfully changed such discriminatory attitudes with their brilliance on full display in the sports arena. Amid mounting opposition and negligible support, they have stood strong. Let’s take a look at some of these Pakistani female cricketers who have made the nation proud with their long list of achievements:
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1. Sana Mir
The name needs no introduction, Sana Mir has brought more laurels to Pakistan then anyone can imagine. She is the first Asian woman to play 100 International T20s matches and Mir is only the sixth woman from around the world to complete a century of T20Is.
Amongst many of her achievements, the one which is ranked on top is that in October 2018, she became the first Pakistani women cricketer to rank number 1 in ICC ODI bowler ranking. Her captaincy skills have been par excellence as well as she has led Pakistan to two Gold medals in Asian Games 2010 and 2014. She was also in the ICC ODI team of 2018.
2. Javeria Khan
Young and dynamic Javeria Khan has played 95 ODIs for Pakistan and scored more than 2400 runs, her highest score is of 133. She is a batting powerhouse and has often rescued the team in tough situations. Javeria has even led team Pakistan in absence of Bisma Maroof
3. Nain Abidi
Nain was a member of the gold medal winning team at the 2010 Asian Games in China, she has played 87 matches for Pakistan and has scored more than 1600 runs.
The woman is infinitely talented when it comes to cricket and holds the all-time record of being the first Pakistani player to score a century in women’s one-day internationals.
4. Diana Baig
If two words could describe Diana then those would be fast and furious, she is passionate about her game and it is her passion which has allowed her to stand out. Baig started her career in 2010, leading the Gilgit-Baltistan women’s cricket team. Her brilliant 4/34 against Windies in 2019 got her a lot of applause.
Hailing from a rather conservative area, it was never easy for Baig to enter the field, she first started off by playing football and then made her way in the national cricket team.
5. Aliya Riaz
In October 2018, Aliya was named in Pakistan’s squad for the 2018 ICC World Women T20 tournament in the West Indies. She was the leading wicket-taker for Pakistan in the tournament, with six dismissals in four matches. This youngster is considered to be the future star of Pakistan and has the potential to transform into world-class international bowler.
Own your heroes
Despite the presence of such incredibly talented players, our female athletes receive support and coverage only if they achieve some milestone. At all other times, they are left to combat societal and other pressures on their own, we now need to change this practice. Recognizing their potential and providing them with fresh opportunities is essential for creating a more conducive environment.
If we want to see the next generation of female sports stars rising then we must play our part!
Happy International Women’s Day!!
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