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Former Pakistan captain Sana Mir takes break from international cricket

She had quit captaincy of her national team following its dismal performance in the ICC Women’s World Cup in England in 2017.

Sana Mir
Sana Mir of Pakistan. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Former Pakistan women’s cricket team skipper Sana Mir said on Wednesday that she will take a break from international cricket and skip the upcoming series against England. The Women in Green are set to play their English counterparts in three ODIs and as many T20Is in Kuala Lumpur between December 9 and 20.

Mir, who will complete 15 years of international cricket next month, said she will be resetting her future objects during the break. The veteran bowling all-rounder has represented Pakistan in 120 ODIs and 106 T20Is so far in which she has claimed 240 wickets. With the bat, too, Sana has proved to be handy for her country as she has hit three fifties in ODIs with the highest score of 52.

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“I have decided to take a break from international cricket and, as such, will not be available for selection for next month’s series against England. I will utilise this time to plan and reset my future objectives and targets. My best wishes will remain with the Pakistan national women’s team in the series against England and I am sure they’ll produce their best cricket,” Mir said in an official statement released by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Born in Abbottabad, Sana made her international debut in 2005 when she played against Sri Lanka in Karachi as a teenager. She played her first T20I four years later against Ireland in Dublin. Sana last played in the recent limited-overs series against Bangladesh at home. She took part in one T20I and two ODIs and produced the best bowling figures of three for 49 in an ODI in Lahore that Pakistan won by 29 runs.

Last year, Sana created a world record by becoming the first Pakistan player to top the ICC Women’s ODI rankings. She found herself scaling the heights despite Pakistan getting hammered by Australia 0-3 in the ICC Women’s Championship Series in Kuala Lumpur. Sana finished as the player of the series from the Pakistan side.

She had quit captaincy of her national team following its dismal performance in the ICC Women’s World Cup in England in 2017. The first game of series between Pakistan and England starts from 9th of December.

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