Sana Mir called him on Saturday one day in his brilliant 15-year cricket career during which he played 226 internationals, including 137 as captain from 2009 to 2017.
In a statement, Sana Mir said: “I want to extend my gratitude to the PCB for giving me the 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 the development of women’s cricket.
“I also want to thank my family and mentors who gave me unconditional support that allowed me to fulfill my dreams of representing Pakistan on a global stage and I would also like to thank my ZTBL departmental team for their support throughout my career. I hope to continue serving you if the cricket department continues.
“The past few months have given me an opportunity to contemplate. I feel like the time is right to move on. I think I have contributed to the best of my ability for my country and sport.
“During my cricket trip, I met and built strong friendships and bonds with some amazing cricket players in women’s cricket. Listening to their stories and philosophies has not only made me a stronger and stronger athlete, but it has also taught me wonderful things about life, that are beyond you or sport or winning and losing.
“As I reflect on my debut, I am extremely pleased that it was part of the process that eventually resulted in a capacity-packed Lord’s for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup final, something that was further fueled by a record 87,000 spectators for the final of the ICC T20 2020 Women’s World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. These are great success stories for women’s cricket.
“I would like to extend my gratitude to ICC for its continued support of women’s cricket. Tournaments like the ICC Women’s’s Championship have been a real game changer, especially for teams like Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka, as they proved vital in helping us express our talent internationally.
“Last but not least, all cricket fans and fans around the world. Words fall short when I want to thank everyone for their love, support and encouragement they have provided over the past 15 years. It has been an honor to serve Pakistan in cricket and to wear the green jersey with absolute pride. It is time to move on. InshaAllah the service will continue in essence and in a different way. Pakistan Zindabad “.
Executive Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Wasim Khan, also paid tribute to Sana Mir: “On behalf of Pakistan cricket, I congratulate Sana Mir on her successful career. She has been the face of Pakistan women’s cricket for many years and the true source of inspiration for the young generation of women.
Through her determination and passion, Sana broke the glass ceiling for cricket women in the country. Through her performances, not only did she improve the profile of women’s cricket in Pakistan, but she also improved Pakistan’s image globally.
“Sana is a true women’s cricket legend who attracted, inspired, and motivated young athletes. In the future, I am confident that she will continue to contribute positively to women’s cricket. “