Pakistan ace-allrounder Sana Mir has hung her boots from international cricket after a magnificent 15-year career in which she represented Pakistan in 225 internationals and led the team in 137 matches.
Sana was all praise in her retirement statement for all the people involved in making her career a highly successful one and those who helped her take Pakistan women's cricket to great heights.
“I want to extend my gratitude to the PCB for giving me an opportunity to serve my country for 15 years. It has been an absolute honour and privilege. I extend my gratitude to all the support staff, players, ground staff and everyone behind the scenes for their contribution in my career and development of women's cricket," said Sana Mir.
“I also want to thank my family and mentors who provided unconditional support that allowed me to fulfil my dreams of representing Pakistan at a global stage and would also like to thank my departmental team ZTBL for their support throughout my career. I look forward to continuing serving them if department cricket continues.
“Last few months have provided me with an opportunity to contemplate. I feel it is the right time for me to move on. I believe I have contributed to the best of my ability for my country and the sport.
“During my cricket journey, I have met and built strong friendships and bonding with some amazing cricketers in women’s cricket. Listening about their stories and philosophies have not only made me a tougher and stronger athlete but have also taught me great things about life, which are beyond yourself or the sport or winning and losing.
“When I reflect on my debut, it gives me great satisfaction that I have been part of the process that has eventually resulted in a packed-to-capacity Lord’s for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 final, something that was further boosted by a record 87,000 spectators for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. These are great success stories for women’s cricket.
Words fall short when I want to thank you all for the love,support & encouragement in the past 15 yrs. It has been an honor to serve Pak & don the green Jersey with absolute pride. It is time for me to move on. IA the service will continue in a different form. PakistanZindabad ?? pic.twitter.com/wKqwQ4ZqWr— Sana Mir ???? ??? (@mir_sana05) April 25, 2020
“I would like to extend my gratitude to the ICC for its continuous support to women’s cricket. Tournaments like ICC Women’s Championship have been a real game-changer, especially for teams like Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka as they proved vital in helping us express our talent at the international level.
“Last but not least, all cricket fans and supporters around the world. Words fall short when I want to thank all of you for your love, support and encouragement you extended in the past 15 years. It has been an honour to serve Pakistan in cricket and to wear the green jersey with absolute pride. It is time for me to move on. InshaAllah the service will continue in essence and in a different form. Pakistan Zindabad.”
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan expressed his gratitude to one of Pakistan's favourite daughters who has made the country immensely proud by her determination and resolve.
“On behalf of Pakistan cricket, I congratulate Sana Mir on a highly successful career. She has been the face of Pakistan women’s cricket for many years and the real source of inspiration for the young generation of women cricketers," said PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan.
Wasim congratulated Sana on popularizing female cricket in Pakistan and inspiring a whole generation of young girls to take up cricket as a profession.
“Through her determination and passion, Sana broke the glass ceiling for women cricketers in the country. Through her performances, she not only improved the profile of women’s cricket in Pakistan but also enhanced the image of Pakistan globally.
“Sana is a true legend of women’s cricket who attracted, inspired and motivated young women athletes. Moving forward, I am sure she will continue to contribute positively to women’s cricket," Wasim added.
Sana made her ODI debut against Sri Lanka in Karachi in December 2005 and donned the Pakistan jersey for the last time against Bangladesh in November last year in Lahore and that home series proved to be her swansong event. She took 150 scalps and amassed 1,630 runs and in 2018, she became the number-one ranked bowler in ICC ODI rankings.
Also, she is one of the nine distinguished cricketers to have snapped up 100 wickets and scored 1,000 runs in ODIs. She had tremendous success in Twenty20 cricket after making her debut in the shortest format against Ireland in Dublin in May 2009. In 106 T20Is, she took 89 wickets and accumulated 902 runs.
She called the shots in 72 ODIs and spearheaded the team in 26 wins. In T20Is, she led from the front in 65 games and played an indispensable role in helping Pakistan win 26 matches. Moreover, she also captained in 2013 and 2017 World Cups and five ICC T20 World Cups from 2009 to 2016.
Being a quintessential all-rounder, she was recognised for her achievements by Wisden who named her the captain in women's team of the decade. Also, she is part of the ICC Women's Committee as the players' representative.
Sana finishes her career on a high note. She is ranked ninth and 41 in the ICC's ODI and T20I bowler rankings respectively. In addition, she is currently at 10th position in all-rounder rankings in ODIs and 23rd in T20Is.
Another high-point of her career was in when she led the side in 2010 and 2014 Asian Games and won gold and spurred Pakistan to glory.