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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
    Last edited by Abdullah719; 10th July 2017 at 19:56.

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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).

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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.

    https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/201...-pcb-chairman/


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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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