Pakistan’s underwhelming WWC campaign may end Sana Mir’s captaincy, career

Sana Mir is likely to lose captaincy as well as her place in the team after Pakistan’s woeful performance in the ICC Women’s World Cup (WWC) in England.

“She (Sana) failed to lead Pakistan in a proper way during the world cup and even her own performance was not satisfactory. The board is likely to take a decision about her future role in the team next week,” a source in Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) told APP on Monday.

The national women’s team ended its disappointing World Cup campaign on Saturday when it suffered a 15-run defeat at the hands of the fellow struggling Sri Lankans.

Overall this was their seventh straight defeat in the prestigious event, with the Sana Mir-led side finishing the tournament being the only outfit to taste defeat in all the fixtures they played.

The women’s team arrived back home early on Monday. The source also said that all-rounder Bismah Maroof is likely to be the next choice for the board to lead the national team.

“As per my information, Sana will lose both captaincy and her place in the team. Bismah will be handed over reigns of team’s stewardship. She is a seasoned player and over the years has evolved into a dependable player,” he said.

The 25-year-old Bismah is Pakistan’s second-most experienced player in ODIs after Sana. She was ruled out of the Women’s World Cup due to a hand injury in Pakistan’s match against England early in the tournament. She was replaced by all-rounder Iram Javed.

The source said that women team’s coach Sabih Azhar is also likely to lose his job. “The team displayed a poor show in all the areas under him. He was not appointed coach on a permanent basis and during his short stint with the team, he failed to impress,” he added.

The source said that the board was considering appointing a new coach for the women’s team from National Cricket Academy’s coaches.



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