Karachi: In a turn of events, the Pakistan women cricket captain Sana Mir has announced to retire from game, however conditionally. In a message, on her facebook page, Sana Mir blasted the team coach for ‘maligning the senior players’ adding that she couldn’t continue under the present setup of the PCB Women’s Wing.
“I want to make it clear I don’t intend to continue in the future with the current setup of the Women’s Wing in any capacity. I will share a detailed report to improve women’s cricket by the end of August”, Sana Mir wrote.
Under Sana Mir, the Pakistan women team lost all games in the recently concluded women world cup in England. Afterwards, the coach of the team Sabih Azhar, in his report – [published on cricketwebsite] -criticised Sana Mir as “self-centred, egotistical and being wrapped up in oneself”.
He was of the opinion that the nexus of manager Ayesha Ashar, Sana Mir, Nain Abidi and Javeria Khan let the team down in the mega event.
Outrightly refuting the allegations, Sana Mir spelled out the reason of the rift between her and the coach.
“My coordination with the coach suffered when I insisted on playing Diana Baig. That was our major disagreement. Diana is talented and was in great form in the WWC 2017. My fight was to play a youngster in the team who is ready for international cricket and I don’t regret it.”, Mir wrote
Sana Mir scored 153 runs, at an average of 30.60, and picked up six wickets in the mega event.
“There is no shame in losing; the only shame is not giving your 100%”, Sana further said.
Sana Mir, 31, made her ODI debut in 2005 and led Pakistan in 72 of her 102 ODIs.
“We should be talking about cricketing problems we need to address, in a constructive and professional manner, rather than personalising issues.”, Sana said.