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    "We've shown that we have the ability to take the fight to our opponents" : Sana Mir

    Five straight defeats have left Pakistan rock-bottom of the ICC Women's World Cup table.

    Saj Sadiq caught up with skipper Sana Mir ahead of her team's clash against fellow strugglers West Indies.

    Disappointed but not downcast, she explained why she still has faith in her team's resilience, why she's proud of the talent emerging from her country and how she hopes this tournament will be the springboard for the advancement of women's cricket in Pakistan…





    What positives are you taking from what's been a tough World Cup tournament so far?

    Sana Mir:
    "There is a lot to look forward to as far as this team is concerned. As we have shown during this tournament, this team has an excellent mix of youth and experience but what is really impressive are the capabilities of some of our youngsters. In that context, I would like to mention players like Nashra Sandhu and Diana Baig who I believe are big positives for us in this tournament. In addition, we also have Ayesha Zafar who recently scored a fifty against England and has already shown great promise though I do feel that she needs to display more consistency in future. In fact, all the youngsters have put in excellent performances and represent great positives for us."


    Does the manner of your team's performances at the World Cup give you some confidence for the future?

    Sana Mir:
    "If one looks at the Women's World Cup tournament results so far, we've shown that we have the ability to take the fight to our opponents even after we have lost games. The resilience of this team is remarkable as we have consistently come back with a view to doing well in the next match we play. It's something very positive and it shows that the team has matured over the years.

    "In previous tournaments, we would suffer big losses and then the team would appear to have lost the will to fight back for the next two or three games, but now it's different. The recovery process after losses is improving for our team which is a matter of great pride for all of us."


    The Pakistan Cricket Board has taken significant steps to improve the standard of Women's cricket but there is always room for improvement?

    Sana Mir:
    "There have been vast improvements in the manner in which the PCB provides support for the Women's game in the country. But as with everything, there is always room for improvement.

    "In my view, the most important thing is to improve the level of competition of cricket at the domestic level. At the moment what we see is that at the domestic level, the competition isn't great and the kind of cricket the players are used to isn't up to the mark so that when they make the transition to international cricket, there's a huge difference in standards and the jump in terms of level of expertise between domestic and international is too big to overcome easily.

    "Sometimes the players don't realise the difference, and until they actually play international cricket, they really have no idea of what to expect and have to learn their lessons the hard way."


    The step-up from domestic to international level is a big one; how do you propose this to be filled by the PCB?

    Sana Mir:
    "I feel that it is very important to make the players ready at the domestic level by raising the standard of cricket as close to international cricket as possible so that the gap is lessened. We need cricket academies for women running throughout the year and these should be active in every major city.

    "That will definitely ensure that the standard of the competition will be of a higher quality. The players will need to work harder throughout the year by actively participating in cricket and they'll be more prepared for international cricket when they make the step up to the next level."


    Would more tours, such as 'A' tours and non-official tours help in improving Pakistan Women's cricket standards as well?

    Sana Mir:
    "It goes without saying that foreign tours are extremely important because they help in developing our backup resources. As we know, the reserve bench is very weak at the moment which is of crucial importance in a top-level tournament. We had a series of matches against Under-16 boy's teams in Pakistan and that allowed a couple of our players an opportunity to make a comeback and this is exactly why such tours can definitely help us in the future.

    "What we need to do is to have such tours more often in the calendar which will help us develop an Under-19 team and a Developmental squad as well. Instead of just playing at ICC tournaments, we really need to think out of the box and arrange more matches in between to give the players more exposure to competitive top-level cricket."


    Does Pakistan need to improve the coaching system for the better development of the Women's game?

    Sana Mir:
    "I think the coaching arrangements we've had for the past four years are competent as far as the men's structure is concerned, but women's cricket needs a different approach. What could really benefit the Pakistan Women's game is the presence of coaches who've worked with women's cricket globally or female coaches who have played cricket, such as Karen Rolton or Charlotte Edwards.

    "Such women who've played for a decade for their respective countries, can be very helpful as they are well-versed with the women's game and would have guided their sides through similar situations. If we want to catch-up with the other top teams quickly then we have to invest in every department and coaching is an important aspect of the whole equation."


    In terms of investment, what is lacking and what more needs to be done to improve Pakistan Women's cricket?

    Sana Mir:
    "We do have camps in every city of Pakistan but they aren't functional or suitable for women. We need to have coaches there who can give practice to women cricketers. The camps and academies need to be active on a regular basis; if we can't have exclusive branches for women, we need to at least have exclusive days or timings when girls can come and play.

    "This is because, if there are men's teams practising at a ground, they won't prefer the women's team coming and practising alongside them and vice versa. So, for example, if we can have two hours for each stadium for 2-3 days a week, that might be helpful to bring more girls to active cricket throughout the year which will bring improvements."


    Can better coverage of Women's cricket also help the cause of the Women's game in Pakistan?

    Sana Mir:
    "There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that just like it has done in the men's game, televised games and the improvement in the quality of cricket will help to bring in more sponsors. An excellent initiative in this regard is PCB's plan to hold a sponsored tournament in August which will have 4-5 sponsored teams and the best part is that it's going to be a tournament which will draft players which is very popular in today's game. More tournaments like this in the future will be very helpful."


    Are you concerned that Pakistan Women are not playing enough off-season cricket between official engagements?

    Sana Mir:
    "What is important for any cricketer is to be able to play top-level cricket as many times as possible every year as that is the only way to develop yourself and league tournaments, such as the one I spoke about, are a perfect opportunity for Women's cricketers in Pakistan.

    "If you look at all the international teams we come across, you will notice that they play competitive cricket in leagues all year around. For example, England Women in their winter off-season will go over to Australia or New Zealand and play there on a regular basis and vice versa. They're playing competitive cricket throughout the year, not just before a tournament or in an international series so that's something we need to have for our players as well."


    Why is there a lack of commercial sponsorship for the Women's game in Pakistan?

    Sana Mir:
    "To be honest, the problem is that we as a nation do not understand the essence of sport. It appears that in order to sponsor someone, companies seem to ask whether they are likely to win or lose in the future. What they give no importance to when it comes to Women's cricket is the fact that we are participating in top-level cricket and participation in sport, rather than just winning or losing, is equally important.

    "Looking at the recent history of the Pakistan Women's team, it is clear that our team has time and again proven that they are among the top eight which is an achievement considering the type of structure we have back home. We continue to qualify for ICC World Cups every time and we put up good fights against the big teams."


    But can you blame the sponsors for looking for good results when they take decisions to put in money in the Women's game?

    Sana Mir:
    "Sponsorship cannot be based upon results alone, they must take into account the processes involved and talent, as well as the effort that the players are putting in. It is a given that more sponsorship would definitely help players to work on improving their skills with freedom of mind and without the fear of financial implications throughout the year. That approach by sponsors would definitely have a positive effect on the Women's game in Pakistan."

    Source: http://www.skysports.com/cricket/new...ow-womens-game
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    Which fight? Failing to bat 50 overs in majority of your matches and if by chance you are able to play them out then you can't score more than 150 at most times.

    So how can you call it that "we have shown we can fight" when you're failing miserably in cricket in the formats you play.

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    The team has been pretty poor if I'm being honest.

    They look unfit, have lacked basic skills and lacked ideas.

    Plenty of work to be done by the PCB, the players and other stakeholders of Pakistan women's cricket.



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    Women can play cricket if they want, but I feel like international cricket is too much. They will never be as good as men anyway.

    It's not a suitable profession imho and just a waste of money especially given their performances in this tournament. I don't see a future for women's cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayyman View Post
    Women can play cricket if they want, but I feel like international cricket is too much. They will never be as good as men anyway.

    It's not a suitable profession imho and just a waste of money especially given their performances in this tournament. I don't see a future for women's cricket.
    It's rather that Pakistan women aren't competitive, than it being a waste of time (in what you're essentially saying).

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    Chance on Satuday to register their first win of the tournament against fellow strugglers SL.


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    Unlike the mens team, the squad needs a revamp. Sana Mir can be proud of her performance in the WWC, but it isn't an individual sport.

    Hope that women do have more chances to get into cricket and the PCB are doing what they can to help them.

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    There is change needed - Sana has got the team to a certain stage but we need to do more. PCB needs better coaches as Sana points out as well - very important.


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    Trash team. By her comments shows low standards. PCB have a lot of work to do to improve womens cricket otherwise don't bother turning up.

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    Waste of time.

    Utterly humiliated and the case for Women's cricket in Pakistan is closed.

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    Im sorry but we are so far behind other countries in women's cricket, it's embarrassing. I'd rather we had no women's team than have one for the sake of it.
    Women 's cricket is absolutely rubbish anyway. Its a different sport and it's not for me.
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    " We have shown that we can take fight to the opposition. " ?????? Which Team are you taking about ???? Not Pakistan !!!!! Easy to say words like those ..... basically, you have Botched Every match.

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    Expect some finger-pointing now after the extremely poor performance at the World Cup.

    Players will blame coach, coach will blame the Board, the Board will blame the players - vicious circle.



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    Why dont the women's team get a foreign coach mayby they will get better.

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    With the ability to take the fight to the opponents, we must have a Perfect Record in the Tournament ....... oh wait a minute ....... we do have a Perfect Record !!!!!!!!!

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    Pakistan captain Sana Mir is likely to lose captaincy as well as her place in the team after Pakistan's dismal performance in the ICC Women's World Cup in England.

    “She (Sana) failed to lead Pakistan in a proper way. Her own performance too was not satisfactory. The board is likely to take a decision next week about her future role in the team,” a source in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) told APP on Monday.

    The national women's team ended their woeful World Cup campaign on Saturday after suffering a 15-run defeat at the hands of the struggling Sri Lankans. Overall, this was their seventh straight defeat in the prestigious event.

    The Mir-led side also finished as the only outfit in the tournament to be defeated in all fixtures they played.

    The team had arrived back home early Monday.

    The PCB source said all-rounder Bismah Maroof is likely to be the next choice for the board to lead the national team.

    “As per my information, Sana will lose both captaincy and her place in the team. Bismah will be handed over the reigns of the team's stewardship. She is a seasoned player and over the years has evolved into a dependable player,” he said.

    The 25-year-old Bismah, who is Pakistan's second-most experienced player in ODIs after Sana, was ruled out of the Women's World Cup due to a hand injury in Pakistan's match against England early in the tournament. She was replaced by all-rounder Iram Javed.

    The source said women team's coach Sabih Azhar is also likely to lose his job.

    “The team displayed a poor show in all the areas under him. He was not appointed coach on permanent basis and during his short stint with the team he failed to impress,” he added.

    The source said that the board was considering appointing a new coach for the women's team from the National Cricket Academy's coaches.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1345898/af...lose-captaincy
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    If a player is to be dropped, she should be replaced by someone better than her.

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    Why is she going to be dropped? Fair enough sacked as captain but she is a good player

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    LAHORE: In what looks like an eyewash, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to review the budgetary allocation and domestic structure of its women’s wing in the wake of the national team’s pathetic performance at the ICC Women’s World Cup.

    Pakistan lost all of their seven matches, finishing bottom of the eight-team event, and no one connected with the team has since come out to explain the reasons for their debacle.

    However, Dawn has learnt that PCB’s game development department has decided to revisit the budgetary allocation and domestic structure of the women’s wing. Women’s wing secretary Shamsa Hashmi endorsed that there was a review underway but the international affairs and other activities wouldn’t be affected, adding trials were being held in Gilgit-Baltistan this week as per schedule.

    But she was coy when asked if the review was a direct result of Pakistan’s dismal show at the World Cup in England. “I can’t say anything in this regard”, she said.

    Shamsa added she was disappointed with the results, adding she was expecting the team to win against Sri Lanka, the West Indies and India.

    “[Manager] Ayesha Ashar and [head coach] Sabih Azhar would submit their respective reports in next couple of days and then we can look where it went wrong,” she said.

    Shamsa was also termed the performance of captain Sana Mir as “not very encouraging”.

    Despite below-par results in the last nine years, Sana has held on to captaincy. So has Ayesha, despite PCB routinely changing coaches.

    Sana’s hasn’t been in top form either, scoring 153 runs at an average of 30.60 while picking six wickets at an expensive 51.50 during the World Cup.

    Asmavia Iqbal was Pakistan’s most successful bowler (eight wickets at 40.00), ahead of Diana Baig (seven, 30.00), Sadia Yousuf (seven, 39.14), Nasha Sandu (seven, 41.43), Kainat Imtiaz (three, 65.33) and Marina Iqbal (one, 56.00).

    Nahida Siddiqi was Pakistan’s top batter with 173 runs, followed by Sana, Javeria Khan (127), Nain Abidi (114) and Ayesha Zafar (108).

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1346167/pc...of-womens-wing


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    Women’s team in need of new talent: PCB chairman

    KARACHI: Expressing disappointment at the poor show by Pakistan’s women cricket team in the ICC Women’s World Cup, PCB chairman Shahryar Khan said the World Cup was the last chance for Sana Mir and company.

    Pakistan lost all seven games and finished at the bottom of the eight-team tournament in England. Following the poor run, management of the women’s team received criticism from all quarters, and now Khan has publicly termed the performance as “disappointing”.

    “It was disappointing, I was there and it seemed that Pakistan women cricket team has been stagnant. I couldn’t see any sign of improvement there,” he said.

    “We need to change the current group of players and need to bring new talent; athletic sportswomen should be inducted into Pakistan women team,” he said.

    The chairman also hinted at the axing of captain Sana Mir and manager Ayesha Ashar, adding that the World Cup was the last chance for them. “It was the last chance for them. Now, [it is the] time to bring changes in the Pakistan women cricket team.”

    In response to a question, the chairman affirmed reports of grouping in the team. However, he didn’t talk much on the rifts among players.

    Khan also spoke about the ongoing match fixing inquiry and hoped that the matter will reach its logical conclusion in two weeks’ time. “[The hearing at anti-corruption tribunal] should complete soon,” he said.

    The chairman confirmed that two more names surfaced during the inquiry, but didn’t go into the specific of the matter. “I have heard about the two names emerging into the scandal,” he said.

    Khan expressed disappointment at the reports of Pakistan players objecting to the prize money being offered to them by different corporates and termed the attitude as inappropriate.

    “This is not appropriate, and I will take notice of it once I am home,” he said.

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    Apparently, someone who was the second highest run scorer for Pakistan and among the wickets is being replaced by someone who failed to make either list?


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    Lost all their matches. What fight have they shown?

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    I understand the women's team faces so many disadvantages and problems and it was unrealistic to expect them to win the WC but surely asking for one victory atleast or atleast some fight and closely fought matches was not too much too ask. Really disappointed the nation and they did not help their own cause.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Lost all their matches. What fight have they shown?
    Amongst each other and with the coaching staff perhaps?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayyman View Post
    Women can play cricket if they want, but I feel like international cricket is too much. They will never be as good as men anyway.

    It's not a suitable profession imho and just a waste of money especially given their performances in this tournament. I don't see a future for women's cricket.
    Watch how Harman Kaur from India and some of the Aus and England players hit. They pack a lot of power.

    PCB should invest in serious training and facilities for Pak women. Talent will come up if opportunities are provided.

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    Domestic circuit needs a major overhaul.

    Better coaching and more professionalism.

    The players need to work on their fitness as it was way below other teams.



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    Anyone know why Anam Amin was dropped ? The girl has a bowling odi avg of 16 taking 25 wickets and looked good when I saw her bowl.


    Sarfi as captain'll lead us to glory.Babar'll be our best odi bat & Haris'll be world class in tests

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    Disappointed to see that the chairman has said "it was last chance for Sana Mir". I'm not against replacing Sana Mir. But at least do it in a dignified manner. Give her the respect that she deserves. She's no less than Misbah of the women's team. The girl has been a colossal servant of Pakistan women's cricket. A lot of credit goes to Sana Mir for bringing our women's cricket to the point where people are disappointed we haven't won any game. Before her involvement with the team, a defeat was a foregone conclusion. Now we expect victories. I hope sanity prevails and Sana Mir gets the proper sendoff she deserves. Definitely one of the legends of Pakistan women's cricket.

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    England
    India
    Australia
    South Africa
    New Zealand
    West Indies
    Sri Lanka

    These were the countries Pakistan was up against. In none of those countries women are oppressed nearly as much as Pakistan. India is so big that women role/rights/freedom varies alot depending which part you look at, but they constantly promote women and there is some focus on making this better for them.

    Many of the people here being pisssed at the team for losing all it's games care close to 0 about the women team. I have seen nearly 0 threads about women cricket and suddenly you expect them to win at least 1 game?
    Most people in Pakistan won't even allow their girls to take up an career in cricket. Afridi who has 4 daughters and is what he is because of cricket won't allow his daughters to play cricket, so there you go.

    So stop making unnecessary comments, because the girls at least qualified for WC - Which is an achievement in itself.

    Btw. having a woman team is mandatory for being test nation. If PCB could get away with it they would happily crap the team and use put the money into their own pockets.


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    They had a pretty bad tournament and honestly I am not surprised. It's just not in Pakistani culture for girls to be playing cricket. How many girls would even get an opportunity to play street cricket. This will take a very long time. Pakistan is very backward in many ways but they should let the team continue. It can hopefully change some mindsets. Even Afridi is now supportive of the women's team despite earlier having the opinion that girls should stick to the kitchen.

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    Afraid she will be made scapegoat.


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    Team looked completely out of its depth. The girl's are unfit and lack basic Cricketing talent.


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    Won't continue with current women cricket setup.

    Pakistan Women’s team skipper Sana Mir announced Thursday she will not continue to be the part of the country’s current women’s cricket setup.

    Mir, who captained the side in their recent disastrous Women’s World Cup campaign, made the announcement as a response to Head Coach Sabih Azhar’s press conference on Wednesday in which he blamed her for having a ‘negative approach’ and ‘self-centeredness’.

    “I am not a perfect captain nor I have claimed it anywhere or we are the perfect team. But I would have appreciated it if the coach would have stood by the team like other coaches did,” wrote Sana Mir in an open letter on her Facebook page.

    “We should be talking about cricketing problems we need to address, in a constructive and professional manner, rather than personalising issues,” she added.

    Pakistan failed to win even a single match out of their seven outing in the tournament but Mir said the disappointing results cannot be completely blamed on the captain or the players.

    “A player’s primary job is to perform. They can facilitate the growth of other players but it’s the job of the system to work on new players,” said the Abbotabad-born all-rounder.

    Reiterating her mistrust in the ‘system’, Mir announced she does not plan to work as it’s part.

    “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,” she said.

    Mir revealed her relationship with Azhar met a major blow when she took the decision to select Diana Baig.

    “My coordination with the coach suffered when I insisted on playing Diana Baig, who was in absolutely great form. That was our major disagreement,” she said.

    “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. I don’t regret it,” added Mir.

    “My fight was to play a youngster in the team who is ready for international cricket. I don’t regret it,” added Mir.

    Mir said she will present a detailed report by the end of the month on how women’s cricket can be improved in the country.


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    These women players talk as if they are world-beaters.

    Cannot even get the basics right, yet speak as if they are the female equivalent of Virat Kohli.



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    Pakistan skipper Sana Mir named among 'Asia 21 Young Leaders'

    Sana Mir, captain of the Pakistan women cricket team, is among 30 remarkable professionals named “Asia 21 Young Leaders” by Asia Society, a non-profit organisation that focuses on educating the world about Asia.

    Mir was selected for the 2017 class of Asia 21, Asia-Pacific's foremost network of young leaders, with Asia Society noting that the cricket star had challenged attitudes about women's participation in Pakistan's male-dominated world of sport.

    Mir will travel to Melbourne, Australia in December for the Asia 21 annual summit, where she will meet members of the 2017 class from 20 other countries as well as Asia 21 alumni. The summit's goal is to explore opportunities for collaboration to create positive impact and change across the Asia-Pacific region.

    “To me, leadership is service,” Mir was quoted as saying. “It not only empowers individuals to be the change they wish to see, but also gives them a unique opportunity to positively impact the lives of others. I believe an able leader is one who can nurture and give others the confidence to come into their own. A leader is one who has the will and capacity to give back to society selflessly.”

    Other members of this year's class include Melissa Jardine, a former Australian police officer examining how law enforcement in Asia responds to drug use, economic crimes, and terrorism; Chenhui Liu, co-founder of a mobile health startup transforming China's healthcare system; “Krating” Poonpol, a venture fund manager ushering in a startup revolution in Thailand and across Southeast Asia; Shameer Rasooldeen, a news host giving voice to Sri Lanka's marginalised and silenced voices; and Sim Chi Yin, a Singaporean photographer and filmmaker capturing how industrialisation and urbanisation are reshaping the landscape, and the people of Asia.

    “Asia 21 really brings to life Asia Society's mission to build bridges of understanding across the Asia-Pacific region, across different sectors and between Asia and the world,” Asia Society President and CEO Josette Sheeran said in a statement.

    “Our goal is not just to recognise the amazing work these young leaders are doing, but to connect them to one another so that they can take on some of the biggest challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region today.”

    Now in its 12th year, the Asia 21 Young Leaders initiative has grown into a network of more than 800 young leaders from 40 nations, working together to shape a brighter future for the Asia-Pacific region.

    A number of Pakistanis have been named Asia 21 Young Leaders in the past. They include The History Project founder Qasim Aslam, Mishermayl Productions Creative Director Madiha Gul, filmmaker Adnan Malik, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Aman Foundation's Mohsin Mustafa and Slumabad Founder Muhammad Sabir.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1354081/pa...-young-leaders


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    What could really benefit the Pakistan Women's game is the presence of coaches who've worked with women's cricket globally or female coaches who have played cricket, such as Karen Rolton or Charlotte Edwards.

    Not a woman coach but maybe a foreign one!

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/cricke...st-white-ferns

    At the suggestion of Mickey Arthur, Kiwi cricket coach Mark Coles will take charge of Pakistan's women's team against New Zealand next month.

    The Waikato Valley cricket high performance manager has had several coaching jobs in the Northern Districts region, and has been given leave to pursue his international interests.

    A friendship with former South Africa and Australia coach Arthur led to the appointment, which will see Coles head to Lahore in early October for a training camp, before moving to Dubai for the series against the White Ferns.

    Coles said the gig will help his coaching development, and he hopes to help improve a group of players who are on the rise in women's cricket.

    Pakistan failed to win a game at the recent Cricket World Cup in England, and Coles said there were simple things that need working on.

    "It was tough for them, but they competed really well over there," Coles said.

    "I think they just lost the big moments in those games. They played well, but when the big moments came they couldn't get the job done."

    Coles also suggested taking some of the expectation off the players shoulders could help them to play with freedom on the pitch.

    Pakistan are well known for their passionate fans, and dealing with that is something Coles hopes to help the players with against New Zealand.

    "Obviously the public just want them to win, like any international team. The team has been developing really nicely so hopefully we can continue that."

    Coles said it will feel strange coaching against New Zealand, and several players he knows well.

    Some of those he knows through Northern Districts and Waikato Valley cricket, and he said the organisations have been understanding in allowing him time off early in the New Zealand season.

    "They've been very good to me. I guess it's seen as a bit of professional development for me, so I'll be able to bring back something when I return home."

    Pakistan's women lost all seven matches at the Cricket World Cup, finishing eighth in the round robin. New Zealand didn't fare much better, ending up in fifth place and missing out on the semifinals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    What could really benefit the Pakistan Women's game is the presence of coaches who've worked with women's cricket globally or female coaches who have played cricket, such as Karen Rolton or Charlotte Edwards.

    Not a woman coach but maybe a foreign one!

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/cricke...st-white-ferns

    At the suggestion of Mickey Arthur, Kiwi cricket coach Mark Coles will take charge of Pakistan's women's team against New Zealand next month.

    The Waikato Valley cricket high performance manager has had several coaching jobs in the Northern Districts region, and has been given leave to pursue his international interests.

    A friendship with former South Africa and Australia coach Arthur led to the appointment, which will see Coles head to Lahore in early October for a training camp, before moving to Dubai for the series against the White Ferns.

    Coles said the gig will help his coaching development, and he hopes to help improve a group of players who are on the rise in women's cricket.

    Pakistan failed to win a game at the recent Cricket World Cup in England, and Coles said there were simple things that need working on.

    "It was tough for them, but they competed really well over there," Coles said.

    "I think they just lost the big moments in those games. They played well, but when the big moments came they couldn't get the job done."

    Coles also suggested taking some of the expectation off the players shoulders could help them to play with freedom on the pitch.

    Pakistan are well known for their passionate fans, and dealing with that is something Coles hopes to help the players with against New Zealand.

    "Obviously the public just want them to win, like any international team. The team has been developing really nicely so hopefully we can continue that."

    Coles said it will feel strange coaching against New Zealand, and several players he knows well.

    Some of those he knows through Northern Districts and Waikato Valley cricket, and he said the organisations have been understanding in allowing him time off early in the New Zealand season.

    "They've been very good to me. I guess it's seen as a bit of professional development for me, so I'll be able to bring back something when I return home."

    Pakistan's women lost all seven matches at the Cricket World Cup, finishing eighth in the round robin. New Zealand didn't fare much better, ending up in fifth place and missing out on the semifinals.
    Wishing Mark Coles and Pakistan women's team best of luck.

    His primary focus should be to help players develop professional approach towards the game and to improve the fitness of the players.

    Can't expect him to suddenly improve the dilapidated condition of the team, but if he show signs of improvement then he should be persisted with.

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