Pakistan’s women team captain Sana Mir published an open letter on Facebook to respond to head coach Sabih Azhar’s criticism on her captaincy in which she has said that she doesn’t want to continue in the current setup.
“I want to make it clear I don't intend to continue in the future with the current setup of the Women’s Wing in any capacity,” Mir wrote after Azhar’s report surfaced on media.
Pakistan failed to win any of the seven matches during the ICC Women’s World Cup in England last month. In a damning report, Azhar blamed Mir for Pakistan’s disastrous World Cup campaign. He described the 31-year-old to be "self-centered, egotistical and being wrapped up in oneself" during the tournament.
He also claimed that Mir didn’t focus on the younger players and gave negative remarks that shook their confidence. He went on to add that “we should forget growth of women’s cricket in Pakistan”.
Rubbishing Azhar’s claims in her letter, Mir said her coordination with the coach suffered when she “insisted on playing Diana Baig”. Baig picked up seven wickets in five matches during the tournament.
“My fight was to play a youngster in the team who is ready for international cricket,” Mir wrote “I don't regret it. Diana is talented and was in great form in the WWC 2017.
“I do want to add that journalists are free to ask junior players about our attitude towards them. No one can have a 100% record but it's disheartening to see a coach maligning the senior players who have been giving confidence and guidance to youngsters for so long.
“A player's primary job is to perform. They can facilitate the growth of other players but it's the job of the system to work on new players.
“I am not a perfect captain nor I have claimed it anywhere or we are the perfect team. But I would have appreciated it if the coach would have stood by the team like other coaches did.”
Mir has been at the helm since nine years and according to some media reports she had decided to give up captaincy after the World Cup.