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Pakistan women’s skipper Sana Mir doesn’t ‘intend to continue’ with current set-up

Responding to the criticism from Pakistan women’s cricket team coach Sabih Azhar, Sana Mir wrote on her Facebook page that the coordination with the coach suffered during the course of the ICC Women’s World Cup last month in England

cricket Updated: Aug 04, 2017 15:02 IST
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Pakistan women’s cricket team skipper Sana Mir had a fallout with the team management during the course of the ICC Women’s World Cup in England last month, where the team remained without a win. Mud slinging ensued soon after. (Getty Images)

Pakistan women’s cricket team captain Sana Mir, who has been under criticism following team’s dismal performance in the recently concluded ICC Women’s World Cup, said that she doesn’t “intend to continue” under the current circumstances.

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Pakistan coach Sabih Azhar, in a report, described Mir as “self-centered, egotistical and being wrapped up in oneself” during the course of the quadrennial event where the team could not manage even a win.

Azhar also claimed that newcomers were discouraged in the team’s set-up, and that 25-year-old Kainat Imtiaz was dropped from the playing XI against the West Indies without his knowledge.

Also the selection of fast bowler Diana Baig, who picked up seven wickets in five matches, turned out to be a bone of contention between Mir and Azhar.

Responding to the criticism, Mir wrote in an “open letter” on her Facebook page: “My coordination with the coach suffered when I insisted on playing Diana Baig, who was in absolutely great form. 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. I don’t regret it. Moreover, we suffered defeats in this World Cup as spinners with the new ball penetrated our top order consistently in each game, especially left-arm spinners. We are also still short of players who can perform under pressure,” ESPNcricinfo quoted her as saying.

Mir said that she would have preferred not to have had this conversation through the media but since a confidential report by the coach and comments by GM Women Wing and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have been making headlines, she feels “obliged” to give a short response to clarify some issues from her point of view.

“I want to make it clear I don’t intend to continue in the future with the current set-up of the Women’s Wing in any capacity. I would still be sharing a detailed report with all of you to improve women’s cricket once I get back by the end of August,” she added.

Mir, who made her international debut in 2005, was appointed captain in 2009 and has led Pakistan to 26 wins each in 76 ODIs and 65 T20Is.

However, Pakistan’s dismal performance at the global tournament held in England last month is to cost huge as she is likely to lose her captaincy as well as her place in the team.

It is believed that all-rounder Bismah Maroof will be handed over the captaincy.

25-year-old Bismah is Pakistan’s second-most experienced player in ODIs after Mir.

Bismah, the middle order batsman, was ruled out of the World Cup after she suffered a hand injury in Pakistan’s match against England early in the tournament. She was replaced by in the squad by all-rounder Iram Javed.

First Published: Aug 04, 2017 15:00 IST