Born in 1988, Sajjda Shah is a former all-rounder of Pakistan’s women cricket team. She was a very handy right-handed batter and an off-spin bowler. Just like the other popular women players, Sajjda also hails from the Sindh Province. She was born on the 25th of June in 1988 in Hyderabad.
Sajjda has played in two Tests and 42 ODIs for Pakistan and she was very young when she started playing cricket.
Career & Achievements:
Cricket was Sajjda’s main focus from the start as she started playing the sport professionally at a very young age. She made her debut for Pakistan women’s cricket against Ireland in 2000.
On the 23rd of July 2000, Sajjda was just twelve years of age when she got her national cap against Ireland. On that tour, Sajjda represented Pakistan in four ODIs whilst she also played a Test match against the Irish Women’s side. It is the only Test match till date featuring the Irish Women Cricket team.
She played a lot of her for Pakistan in the early 2000s. In 2001, she played in seven ODI matches against the Netherlands at the National Cricket Stadium Karachi.
In 2002, she was part of Pakistan’s squad that took on the Sri Lankan women’s cricket team in six ODI matches. In the ICC World Cricket Championship Trophy in 2003, Sajjda took 7 wickets for just four runs against the Japanese Women. It was the best bowling performance of that tournament.
It is also the best bowling figures ever in a women’s ODI game till date. With 12 wickets, she ended up as the top-wicket taker of the tournament.
She is also the youngest woman player to have taken a five-wicket haul in an ODI match. She achieved the record when she was just 15 years of age. Sajjda later played against West Indies at home in a series of 7 ODI matches and a one-off Test match.
It was the last Test match of her career and for Pakistan women’s cricket team as well. She also took part in the Asia Cup tournament and played against South Africa in a five-match ODI series before retiring.
She played her last ODI game in 2009 against Ireland. She ended her ODI career with an impressive average of 33 with one half-century. She has also taken 51 wickets in ODIs.