Pakistan Women’s team head coach, Mark Coles believes that the team is heading in the right direction and the unit will progress further in the coming year.
At the end of 2018, the head coach put light on the rollercoaster ride kind of a year for women’s cricket team, where they enjoyed their moments and also suffered defeats.
He mentioned Pakistan’s series against Sri Lanka, where they dominated the opponents, but also highlighted the Asia Cup result.
“We started the year with a real high against Sri Lanka but finishing third in the Asia Cup was unsatisfactory,” Coles said in a video message on December 31st.
Pakistan got the better of Asia Cup champions, Bangladesh in a T20I series, but failed to win the ODI against them. Moreover, he was happy with the kind of cricket girls played against the mighty Australians in a losing cause.
“A 3-0 T20 series win against Asia Cup champions Bangladesh in October was very satisfying. The team lost both the ODI and T20 series against top-rankers Australia in November but played competitive cricket,” he stated.
The head coach was happy that the national side qualified directly for the Women’s World Cup 2020, which will take place in Australia.
“In the ICC Women’s World T20 2018, we were in the group of death with Australia, New Zealand, India and Ireland. We had a very close match against India and a win against Ireland meant we qualified directly for the 2020 event, which will take place in Australia,” he added.
The Kiwi coach is happy to see the performance of Nida Dar and Anam Amin along with the veteran all-rounder, Sana Mir. He also hailed the plans of PCB’s women wing for the development of the game.
“To see Sana Mir as the top-ranked bowler in the world and to have Nida Dar and Anum Amin making rapid strides has been very heartening,” he said. The staff and the players have been wonderful ambassadors for Pakistan. The PCB Women’s Wing has some exciting plans for growing the game in the country and that should hold us in good stead in the coming days.”
Pakistan’s T20I skipper, Javeria Khan remained the best batter for the side with 227 runs in seven ODIs, while her contribution in 18 T20Is was 454 runs.
On the other hand, Sana Mir dominated with the ball with 33 wickets overall, 19 in ODIs and 14 in T20Is.