After an ignominious run in the Women’s World Cup that saw Pakistan end at the bottom of the points table due to loses in all of their matches, the Pakistan Cricket Board is pondering changes in the women’s team.
Sana Mir is set to be replaced by Bismah Maroof, who already leads the T20I side, as ODI captain, according to media reports. All-rounder Mir managed 153 runs in the tournament with six wickets, but it is her captaincy that has raised eyebrow. Mir had been at the helm for nine years.
Women’s team coach Sahib Azhar is also set to be replaced. His successor will be from the National Cricket Academy’s coaching panel.
Moreover, the domestic set-up along with the budget is also set to be overhauled. “Soon changes will be announced by the board as the performance of the team was not satisfactory,” Shamsa Hashmi, PCB Women Wing GM, told Express Tribune.
Pakistan entered the tournament as underdogs and there wasn’t much being expected from the team. Pakistan lack a proper domestic structure at the grassroots level, a fact that had been lamented by the players and the coaching staff. They, however, did possess the capability to outplay the West Indies and Sri Lanka, a notion backed by Hashmi. “The team should at least have won the matches against Sri Lanka and West Indies.”