Breaking her silence on team management’s report after women team’s dismal show in ICC Women World Cup, skipper Sana Mir has announced to step down from all the roles under the current set-up.
Mir expressed her disappointment at the behaviour of PCB’s women wing.
Pakistan’s women team failed to win any match in last month’s ICC women world cup in England. A report by team’s coach Sabih Azhar, leaked to media, blamed Sana Mir and called her, ‘self-obsessed’.
Sana, in the response posted on her Facebook page, said that she felt obliged after leaked report and some comments from officials made headlines.
“I 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 Chairman PCB have been making headlines, I feel obliged to give a short response to clarify some issues from my point of view,” Sana wrote on her page.
“I want to make it clear I don’t intend to continue in the future with the current setup of the Women’s Wing in any capacity. Having said that 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 InshaAllah,” Sana added.
She confirmed that her coordination with team coach Sabih Azhar was not smooth as she insisted on playing Diana Baig who was good in form.
“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,” she said.
“My fight was to play a youngster in the team who is ready for international cricket. I don’t regret it,” added Sana.
The skipper also brushed aside the impression that she was self-centered saying that media can ask any player about her attitude towards junior.
“No one can have a 100% record but it’s disheartening to see a coach maligning the senior players who have been giving confidence and guidance to youngsters for so long,” she said.
Sana also highlighted the cricketing reasons for Pakistan’s dismal show in the ICC Women World cup adding that Pakistan should have won at least four of the matches.
“We suffered defeats in this World Cup as spinners with the new ball penetrated our top order consistently in each game, specially left arm spinners. We are also still short of players who can perform under pressure,” she said.
“We as players are gutted too. We have also worked really hard to put up the fights we did. We feel so disappointment for not crossing the line to the winning side at least in four matches of this tournament,” Sana added.
Sana has led Pakistan in 72 ODIs, winning 26 of them.
Source: GEO TV