Muhammad Asif Khan
Karachi: Cherishing the rare experience of playing under lights the captain of the Pakistan women Cricket team, Sana Mir hoped that the competitive practice would come in handy for the team in the upcoming events. “We hardly play under lights, hence competitive back to back matches were indeed a handy experience for the girls, which will prove useful in the upcoming matches in Doha and later in the World T20 cup in Bangladesh”, said Sana Mir, while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.
South Africa beat Pakistan, on Friday, to win the tri-nation series, which also involved Ireland. In the final, while batting first, Pakistan lost quick wickets and managed only 94 runs before getting bowled out in the 47th over. South Africa, in reply, overhauled the target with four wickets and six overs to spare. In the tournament it was Pakistan’s second consecutive lost to South Africa.
“The toss played a vital role in the outcome of the match. Yes, we didn’t bat well either, but honestly the wicket wasn’t easy to start with. Later on, the pitch eased out and the dew also made it difficult for the fielding side”, added Sana Mir.
The same teams will now contest a T20 tri-series starting from Sunday.
“We have worked hard to analyse our weaknesses, especially in the batting department. I believe the team has the potential to bounce back strongly to put up a better show in the T20 series”, hoped Sana Mir
“The experience will also help the team in the upcoming world T20 cup, where the same teams are in Pakistan’s group”, said the skipper.
The ICC Women’s World Twenty20 is scheduled to be held in Bangladesh between March 16 and April 6. The Pakistan team has been placed in Group “A” with Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa.
Sana Mir also lauded the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for organising a series in Doha, where, according the Mir, the facilities and environment were up to the mark. “I must appreciate PCB’s initiative to hold a series in Doha. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get used to playing under lights”, said Sana Mir.
“Prior to this series, we only played two games under lights so this was much needed. Also we are playing competitive cricket that would surely help the players to become mentally stronger”, concluded Sana Mir.
The writer is a sports journalist in Pakistan, heads the sports department at News One TV & tweets at @mak_asif