LAHORE: After a miserable show in the World Cup staged in England where Pakistan failed to bag a single win, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday (September 30) came up with a few drastic changes, both in their team’s leadership and management in a bid to bring in better results in their game.
Sana Mir, who led Pakistan in the mega event in July, has been removed as captain of the ODI squad and has been replaced by Bismah Maroof, who is already the leader of the Twenty20 outfit. Mir picked up six wickets in their seven outings at the World Cup as their team bowed out without a single win in England. Mir, who is the first Pakistani woman to take 100 wickets in ODIs, will however be available for selection in both formats of the game.
Mir, who led Pakistan to two Gold medals in the Asian Games in 2010 and 2014, is regarded highly for mentoring a lot of youngsters in the country. The offspinning stalwart first assumed the captaincy duties in Women’s World Twenty20 2009 and after the winless campaign in England earlier this year, her leadership came in for scrutiny from within the management. Sabih Azhar, Pakistan’s coach during the World Cup, called the skipper “self-centred and egotistical” and argued that she had a negative impact on both the senior and younger members of the outfit.
Mir, who stepped down from her role as Pakistan’s T20I captain in 2016, had also noted that she didn’t want to continue “with the current set-up of the Women’s Wing in any capacity”. Earlier this week, Mark Coles took over the coaching duties from Azhar ahead of Pakistan’s series against New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates.
Apart from a change in leadership in the 50-over format, PCB has also disbanded their selection committee and the process of electing a new one will be underway soon. The board is also due to name a new general manager of their women’s cricket wing, to replace former GM Shamsa Hashmi.