Pakistan’s former captain Sana Mir retires from international cricket after serving Pakistan for 15 years in ODIs and T20Is.
The 34-years-old cricketer announced her decision via Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s press release in which she thanked all the people who supported her throughout the whole career.
“I want to extend my gratitude to the PCB for giving me an opportunity to serve my country for 15 years. It has been an absolute honor and privilege. I extend my gratitude to all the support staff, players, ground staff, and everyone behind the scenes for their contribution to my career and development of women’s cricket,” she said.
Mir represented Pakistan in 120 ODIs and 106 T20Is from 2005 to 2019. She has 151 wickets at an average of 24.27 in 120 ODIs. In T20Is, she has 89 wickets at an average of 23.42. Apart from that, she also scored 1630 runs in ODIs at 17.91 and 802 in T20Is at 14.07.
“The last few months have provided me with an opportunity to contemplate. I feel it is the right time for me to move on. I believe I have contributed to the best of my ability for my country and the sport,” Mir explained how she decided to announce retirement.
PCB’s CEO Wasim Khan appreciated Mir for her services for Pakistan. “On behalf of Pakistan cricket, I congratulate Sana Mir on a highly successful career. She has been the face of Pakistan women’s cricket for many years and the real source of inspiration for the young generation of women cricketers,” he said.
Few of Mir’s achievement:
– With 151 ODI wickets, she shares the fourth position on the all-time list with Anisa Mohammed of the West Indies.
– In October 2018, she peaked to number-one on ICC Women’s Rankings for ODI Bowlers
– She is one of the nine women cricketers to have taken 100 wickets and scored 1,000 runs in ODIs. The list is headed by Lisa Sthalekar of Australia
– Named captain of Wisden’s women’s team of the decade
– She is currently ranked 9th and 41st in the ICC’s ODI and T20I bowlers’ lists, respectively. She is 10th and 23rd ranked all-rounder in ODIs and T20Is, respectively
– Won 2010 and 2014 Asian Games gold with the Pakistan national women’s cricket team