Former Pakistan women's captain Sana Mir tests positive for COVID-19

Former Pakistan women’s captain Sana Mir tests positive for COVID-19

She had announced her retirement from the game on April 25, 2020, putting an end to her illustrious cricket career of 15 years.

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

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have been dealt with a blow as former Pakistan women’s skipper Sana Mir, who also formed a part of the commentary panel for the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam trophy final in Karachi, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Sana had shown the symptoms of fever on Day 3 of the final match and subsequently underwent a COVID-19 Test which came positive.

Mir has been isolated in the team hotel at the Pearl Continental and did not travel to the stadium on Monday, January 4. Her fellow commentators, including Bazid Khan, Tariq Saeed, Ali Younis, Sikandar Bakhat and presenter Sawera Pasha didn’t show any symptoms but were asked to get themselves tested. PCB will take a decision about the isolation of other commentators once their test reports are out.

The Pakistan Cricket Board had released an official statement to announce the same, however, they didn’t reveal the name of the broadcaster who had tested positive for the coronavirus. In the official statement, PCB also clarified that there was no contact between the broadcasters and the players and they weren’t even residing in the same hotel.

“A broadcaster at the #QeA20 has tested positive and has been isolated. As per PCB COVID-19 Protocols and international norms, the broadcasters are neither interacting with the players nor they are staying in the same hotel as the players,” PCB Media had tweeted.

Sana Mir’s career at a glance

Sana Mir was an ambassador of women’s cricket in Pakistan but she had announced her retirement from the game on April 25, 2020, putting an end to her illustrious cricket career of 15 years. Since her debut in 2005 against Sri Lanka in a One Day International, Mir featured in 102 ODIs scalping 151 wickets at an economy of 3.70.

She also represented Pakistan in 106 T20 Internationals picking 89 wickets at an economy rate of 5.51 and average of 23.4. She is placed at a joint-fourth position on the list of all-time ODI bowlers in the women’s game along with West Indies’ Anisa Mohammed, after India’s Jhulan Goswami (225 wickets), Australia’s Cathryn Fitzpatrick (180) and Ellyse Perry (152).

Sana led Pakistan in 137 matches as a captain from 2009 to 2017. In addition, the former captain also has a remarkable feat of scoring 1,000 runs and scalping 100 wickets in One Day Internationals to her name.