Pakistan Women's Cricket Team crush Bangladesh to win maiden cricket gold in Asian Games
It is not the convicted terrorists such as Dr Aafia Siddiqi, it is not the the cultivators of Al Qaeda such as Dr Farhat Hashmi, it is not the flag-bearers of the ISI sponsored yellow journalism such as Dr Shirin Mazari, it is the ordinary Pakistani women, such as those in Pakistan Women’s Cricket Team, who make us proud.
In the recent past, it was Naseem Hameed, South Asia’s fastest woman who made us proud of being a Pakistani.
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Pakistan Women’s Cricket Team created history Friday, 19 Nov 2010, in crushing Bangladesh by 10 wickets to win the first-ever Asian Games women’s cricket tournament here on Friday.
It was Pakistan’s first gold in Guangzhou.
Captain Sana Mir invited Bangladesh to bat first after winning the toss and her players dismissed them for 92 runs in the allotted 20 overs.
For Bangladesh, Salma Khatoon scored 27 and Romana made 17 while for Pakistan, Nida Rashid captured three and Sana Mir took two wickets.
Hats off to Pakistan’s female cricketers who today (Thu, 18 Nov 2010) beat Japan by nine wickets, qualifying for the finals in the Asian Games. Japan won the toss and decided to bat first. However, the team only managed 61 runs in 20 overs on the loss of seven wickets. Sana Gulzar of Pakistan took two wickets. Pakistan easily completed its target on the loss of one wicket. Javeria Wadood made 29 runs, whereas Nida Rashid made 27 runs.
Sana Mir (captain), Marina Iqbal (vice captain), Syeda Nain Fatima Abdi, Bismah Maroof, Marriam Hassan Shah, Javeria Wadood, Nida Rashid, Kanwal Naz, Nahida Khan, Syeda Batool Fatima Naqvi (wicketkeeper), Shumaila Qureshi, Asmavia Iqbal Khokar, Kainat Imtiaz and Sania Iqbal.
Officials: Ayesha Ashhar (manager), Mansoor Rana (coach), Suniana Munir (team physio), Abdul Majeed (fielding coach). Reserves: Sidra Amin, Masooma Junaid Farooqi, Rabiya Shah and Sana Gulzar.
Sana Mir (born 5 January 1986 in Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) is captain of the Pakistan women’s team. She was announced Player of the Tournament at the 2008 Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier, and currently ranks 16th in the Women’s ODI Bowlers in the ICC Player Rankings. She is also the only Pakistani in the top 20. On May 4 2009, Mir was handed the Pakistan captaincy for the Women’s World Twenty20. She had formerly been vice-captain under Urooj Mumtaz. Alongside her cricketing career, Mir is a full time student.
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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Women Wing Chairperson, Bushra Aitzaz praised the team performance in the event and vowed to the players would be awarded for the victory. Talking exclusively to the AAJ News, Bushra hoped to see women’s cricket in the country to improve in the future. She also urged the authorities to introduce central contract for the players of women cricket team. (Source)