Pakistan cricket captain Sana Mir was in Sweden recently in a bid to promote cricket to the Swedish women.
Mir was involved in three coaching sessions in Husby, a suburb in Stockholm, the last of which was held on August 1. These sessions were a part of a bigger plan to bring cricket to Sweden’s women.
And speaking to Radio Sweden, she said her objective was to introduce the sport to a country where the interest in cricket has been on the rise for a few years now.
“I love this sport, and introducing it to a country that’s new to cricket, it’s a wonderful opportunity, and it brings me a lot of pride,”
Mir, who captained Pakistan in the recently-concluded 2017 Women’s World Cup, taught a group of women and children, a mix of fielding, and then on how to hold the bat and ball for batting and bowling.
After that the group was divided into two equal parts and they played a game under the eyes of Mir.
“I think it can serve as a wonderful tool for integration of different people, and I’ve seen in Sweden you have so many people from so many different backgrounds.
“In the previous sessions, we’ve had women from India and Pakistan, and they were all playing on the same team and enjoying each others’ company.”
The Sweden Cricket Federation has been an Affiliate member of the ICC since 1997 after having played their first international in 1993 against Switzerland. Currently, efforts are being taken to bring cricket to the women in Sweden and Mir’s efforts can be expected to push it in the right direction.
England-born David Williman, who arrived in the country as nothing more than an enthusiast of the game, has now taken over the Head of Cricket Development role in Sweden. While his focus was men’s cricket to kick things off in Sweden, he is bullish about women’s cricket in the country.
He reckons, “It’s a good sport for girls, because it’s a tactical, thinking game and it isn’t all about strength.”
Currently, Ireland and Scotland are the only two European teams which are involved in the Regional Qualifiers for the ICC World T20 that will be played in 2018 in the West Indies.