“The Pakistan women’s cricket team is known to play their heart out and the impact is visible,” says an athlete. As cricket graduated to become a women’s sport in the international scene in 1997, female athletes have come a long way.
Ex-Pakistan captain Sana Mir, a force that catapulted Pakistan women’s cricket to win gold medals at the Asian Game Championships in 2010 and 2014, speaks of a “slow, painful, yet joyful experience at times” for women carving out their careers in the earlier years.
Their efforts have been proven to be successful. Now, parents who previously disregarded cricket as a career are now busy enrolling their daughters to represent Pakistan.
As cricket tops the chart as Pakistan’s number one female sport, the women’s team embodies an entity beyond just entertainment and sports: it is an uplifting community that serves as role models for younger women of the next generation.
Mark Coles, the coach of the women’s team, applauds his players as “fabulous ambassadors to the team” who are “paving the way for a new legacy for young girls”.
Decades now, cricket has become inseparable from the Pakistani identity and is continuously lauded as the most beloved national sport. The sport’s recent celebration of women is a big step forward, towards a more inclusive future.