Sana Mir aims higher for the tough England tour

Chennai: Pakistani women cricket team captain Sana Mir during the practice session at the MAC Stadium in Chennai Sunday. PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar(PTI3_13_2016_000134B)

Sana Mir, Pakistan women’s team ODI skipper has assured that her side will go all guns blazing against England in the three-match ODI and three-match T20 internationals series against England.

The skipper said, “This series is going to be very important for us for the World Cup qualification,” she added, “We are not going to shy away from the fact that we have to go all out in the series. We need to win all three games. We know England is a very tough side. We have to aim higher; it is to qualify for the World Cup.”

Mir, who has recently stepped down as T20 skipper voluntarily, told that her team is well prepared for the challenge. They have practiced in similar playing conditions in Abbottabad and it will surely help them do good on the tour. Pakistan women’s team will play two practice games before taking on the English side.

Sana Mir told about her decision of leaving the T20 captaincy, “The team needed a change in leadership; I have been the captain for last seven years so, I think, we have got two more years for the next T20 World Cup and this was the right time for me to step away.”

“I will be mentoring now, leading the team not as a captain but as a leader within the team,” she further described her role in the T20 side.

The 30-year old praised the new T20 skipper, Bismah Maroof and said she is one of the most hard working girls in the team. Mir showed faith on the abilities and leadership skills of Bismah, “She has always led by example. When I talk about the leaders within the team, I count her as one.”

Sana wished her T20 successor good luck, “She has been in the team for last three to four years and she has been performing and winning matches for the team. So, I think she has got a very good head on her shoulders and I wish her all the best and I am very hopeful she will take the team forward.”

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