Karachi: Pakistan’s all-rounder Sana Mir has announced retirement from international cricket after representing the home country in 120 ODIs and 106 T20Is from 2009 to 2017.
The 34-year-old, in a statement released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), thanked her mentor and family members for their constant support throughout her career.
“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 honor and privilege. I extend my gratitude to all the support staff, players, ground staff, and everyone behind the scenes for their contribution to my career and development of women’s cricket,” she said.
“I also want to thank my family and mentors who provided unconditional support that allowed me to fulfill 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,” she added.
The right-handed batswoman captained Pakistan in 137 international matches. She has 151 wickets at an average of 24.27 in 120 ODIs. In T20Is, she has 89 wickets at an average of 23.42. Apart from that, she also scored 1630 runs in ODIs at 17.91 and 802 in T20Is at 14.07.
Sana revealed that she was thinking about retirement for the last few months and this was the right time to call off. “The 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,” she said.
On the other hand, PCB’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wasim Khan has congratulated Mir on her highly successful career. He regarded her as the face of the Pakistan women’s cricket for many years and the real source of inspiration for the young generation.
“Through her determination and passion, Mir 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,” Khan said.
“Mir 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,” he added.