Sana Mir and Mohammad Hafeez. Two individuals, same dream, same passion and both great ambassadors for Pakistan. While one is a household name throughout the country, the other has largely slugged it out in obscurity, fighting as many battles on the pitch as off of it. There are no points for guessing who the household name is and who is trying to achieve a similar level of adulation and recognition from Pakistanis as their male counterparts.
Mir, is the captain of Pakistan’s women’s cricket team. She led the side to an Asian Games gold medal in 2010 and is currently the only Pakistani in the ICC T20 Rankings for women for her leg spin bowling. Mir is placed at eighth spot with 607 points in the list for bowlers.
Her achievements and those of her teammates, however, have largely gone unnoticed and most Pakistanis are still unaware of the fact that they have a women’s cricket team.
Here Dawn.com joins the women’s team at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore and the Southend Club in Karachi and brings to light their journey so far, with all the trials and tribulations. We also ask Mir and various other team members how they see their future panning out with an immediate focus on the World T20. – Video by Sara Faruqi and Hafsa Adil, text by Taimur Sikander.