Wisden, have named Pakistan’s Sana Mir as captain of the ‘women’s team of the decade.’
Sports journalists, Adam Collins, Isabelle Westbury, Raf Nicholson and Yas Rana came together to select the team.
Sana, 33 years of age, is the only Pakistani to feature on the list “it is an honour to firstly be named in the team. To be named captain is matter of great pride for me and my family and I am truly humbled.”
Others to feature in the team include Suzie Bates, Charlotte Edwards, Meg Lanning, Stafanie Taylor, Mithali Raj, Ellyse Perry, Sarah Taylor, Dane van Niekerk, Katherine Brunt and Jhulan Goswami.
“Although these players were and are my contemporaries, they are people I aim to learn from every time I watch them play. All are exceptional cricketers. To be named as captain of them by Wisden is a great achievement for me and something I will cherish.”
“One thing that is for sure, is that it would be great to get this team of players together to play a few games. I don’t think any team would challenge us.”
Isabelle Westbury, who contributed to the formation of the team, mentioned that Sana “comes into the Stafanie Taylor mould of somebody that’s had to really carry their team over a period.”
“I am thankful to Wisden, and the analysts who chose me as part of this team and as the captain. It fills me with great joy that people outside Pakistan and away from home value my efforts as a player and captain of Pakistan.”
Sana is currently the only Pakistani woman to have taken over 100 ODI wickets. In t20 international cricket, she is the second highest wicket taker from Pakistan, just 3 wickets shy of Nida Dar’s wicket tally.
The all-rounder from Abbottabad, is currently on a break from international cricket “I have been utilising this time off by planning forward and resetting my future goals and targets” Mir said.
Sana Mir in international cricket:
89 ODIs, 120 wickets at an average of: 23.70. BBI: 5-32
100 T20Is, 80 wickets at an average of: 24.91. BBI: 4-13