Pakistani cricketer Nida Dar has given us a new reason to be proud of her, and this time, it is more than just her performance. The cricketer has made history by becoming the first woman from Pakistan to sign a deal with Women’s Big Bash League after being chosen by Sydney Thunder for their BBL campaign.
Talking to the press in Sydney, Australia, the player beamed with excitement at the prospect of representing her country internationally. “It’s very exciting for me because it’s a T-20 game, and of course, I am playing top-level cricket here in Australia, amongst top-level players,” she said. “Everyone is so helpful, they’re [constantly] asking me if I need anything, it feels great and it is a nice experience for me,” she added.
The player also mentioned how being the first woman from Pakistan to compete in the BBL is a great deal and how it will also help the players back home. “I’m the first woman from Pakistan to participate in BBL, so it’s really awesome for me,” she said. “Of course, this will pave the way for other girls too. What I learn from here, I will convey the tips to them,” she added.
Moreover, Dar feels it will also polish her existing skills. “It’s the next step for my cricket skills. I want to learn all the things that I have always heard, that Australian cricket is awesome and we should learn from them,” she said. “I am an all-rounder and I want to express my skills. And whatever I play for Pakistan and how I play there, I would like to experience that here,” she added.
Safe to say, Dar is right on par with cricketer Sana Mir and others when it comes to getting international recognition for Pakistan women’s cricket. And with Dar all geared up to give her best in Australia, there’s no denying that her best is all we will get.