Former Pakistan captain Sana Mir has decided to retire from international cricket. With this decision, the bowling all-rounder has put an end to his career that spanned more than a decade. In his playing days, Sana Mir represented Pakistan in 226 One-day Internationals. He led the country in 137 matches from 2009 till 2017. She had decided to take a break from competitive cricket in November to assess her goals.
In a formal statement given by Sana Mir, “Last couple of months gave me the opportunity to think about my future. I felt that it was the right time to retire from the game of cricket.” She further stated that she has always given her 100 percent for the country. She said that she has built amazing friendships with some amazing players in women’s cricket.
Former Captain said that playing the game of cricket helped her learn great lessons in life. Sana Mir made her limited-overs debut for Pakistan against Sri Lanka in December 2005 at National Cricket Stadium. In 120 one-day matches, Sana Mir has claimed 151 wickets at an average of 24.27. Her best bowling performance came against Netherlands in 2010 at Potchefstroom. She finished with figures of 5 for 32 in 9 overs. With the bat, Sana has accumulated 1630 runs at an average of 17.91 with three half-centuries to her name. She is among the nine cricketers to have scored 1000 runs and taken 100 wickets in limited-overs cricket.
In the T20 format, Sana Mir made her debut for Pakistan against Ireland in Dublin in 2009. She finished with 89 wickets in 106 matches at an average of 23.42 with an economy rate of 5.50.
She captained Pakistan in 72 one-day internationals, winning 26 and losing 45 matches. She had a slight better record in the T20 format. She managed to win 26 matches after leading Pakistan in 65 T20Is. She also captained to Pakistan to two 50-over World Cups (2013, 2017) and five ICC Women’s ICC T20 World Cups (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014and 2016).
Sana Mir thanked the ICC for their continuous support to grow women’s cricket. She said that ICC Women’s Championship proved to be a game changer, especially for teams like Pakistan and South Africa, who have shown remarkable improvement in the last couple of years.
Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Executive, Wasim Khan was also quick to praise Sana Mir’s achievement as an international cricket. Khan said that Mir was certainly a trailblazer for a lot of women who wanted to take up the game in Pakistan. He wished all the best for her future endeavors and congratulated him on a wonderful cricketing career.
There is doubt that Sana Mir with utmost hard work and determination broke the glass ceiling for women cricketers in Pakistan. Due to her incredible performances, she will continue inspire a generation of women’s cricket in the country.