Won’t continue with current women’s cricket setup: Sana Mir

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Pakistan women's team captain Sana Mir has responded to Coach Sabih Azhar's criticism.
Shukriya Pakistan

Pakistan Women’s team skipper Sana Mir announced Thursday she will not continue to be the part of the country’s current women’s cricket setup.

Mir, who captained the side in their recent disastrous Women’s World Cup campaign, made the announcement as a response to Head Coach Sabih Azhar’s press conference on Wednesday in which he blamed her for having a ‘negative approach’ and ‘self-centeredness’.

“I am not a perfect captain nor I have claimed it anywhere or we are the perfect team. But I would have appreciated it if the coach would have stood by the team like other coaches did,” wrote Sana Mir in an open letter on her Facebook page.

“We should be talking about cricketing problems we need to address, in a constructive and professional manner, rather than personalising issues,” she added.

Pakistan failed to win even a single match out of their seven outing in the tournament but Mir said the disappointing results cannot be completely blamed on the captain or the players.

“A player’s primary job is to perform. They can facilitate the growth of other players but it’s the job of the system to work on new players,” said the Abbotabad-born all-rounder.

Reiterating her mistrust in the ‘system’, Mir announced she does not plan to work as it’s part.

“I want to make it clear I don’t intend to continue in the future with the current setup of the Women’s Wing in any capacity,” she said.

Mir revealed her relationship with Azhar met a major blow when she took the decision to select Diana Baig.

“My coordination with the coach suffered when I insisted on playing Diana Baig, who was in absolutely great form. That was our major disagreement,” she said.

“Diana is talented and was in great form in the WWC 2017.””My fight was to play a youngster in the team who is ready for international cricket. I don’t regret it,” added Mir.

“My fight was to play a youngster in the team who is ready for international cricket. I don’t regret it,” added Mir.

Mir said she will present a detailed report by the end of the month on how women’s cricket can be improved in the country.

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