A team struggling to achieve results is often a team that’s often associated with controversies and off-field issues. And the Pakistan Women’s cricket team has got one of its first taste of that after succumbing to a shoddy display in the recently-concluded Women’s World Cup.
As if finishing at the bottom of the points table with no wins in the Women’s World Cup wasn’t a blow big enough, the captain of the Pakistan Women’s team Sana Mir, among others, have been lambasted by a performance report submitted by the head coach Sabih Azhar.
According to separate reports on websites ESPNCricinfo & Geo.tv, Azhar has pointed fingers at Mir, team manager Ayesha Ashar and other senior players like Nain Abidi and Javeria Wadood for Pakistan’s debacle in the tournament that was held in England.
The performance report, it has been alleged, has accused the Pakistani captain of being negative and self-obsessed. Her attitude, along with that of Ashar, towards the younger members of the team, has also been questioned in that report.
Azhar is said to have reported:
“My humble view is if the set of these four – three players and manager – continue with the national team, there’s absolutely no chance of players’ growth in the team.”
“Juniors need confidence of the seniors, but if they are always criticised and face negative remarks, it would shake their confidence very badly and we should forget growth of women’s cricket in Pakistan.”
Rather curiously, Azhar has also criticised Mir for bowling herself at times during the game when it would be difficult for batsmen to go after her and accused her of jealousy against others who might end up doing better than her.
Mir finished the tournament with 153 runs at 30.6 and picked up six wickets across the entire duration of the tournament but that wasn’t enough to guide the side to even a single win. She is the team’s senior-most player, having featured in 102 ODIs and 75 Twenty20 Internationals, and has picked up 176 wickets across the two formats.
Hosts England had won the 2017 edition of the Women’s World Cup by edging out India in a pulsating final.