LONDON: Pakistan women’s team right-handed batsman Nain Abidi believes that her team is as unpredictable as the men’s team.
In a video posted on the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) official twitter account, Abidi said that her aim is to make this tournament as memorable as possible, while claiming her side’s unpredictability.
“On our day we can do anything, we are as unpredictable as our men’s team,” said Abidi. “We are here to deliver some surprises. I want to make this tournament the best memory of my life.”
Talking about the support back home, Abidi reveals that the team is receiving massive support from the cricket board, players from the men’s team and the nation as well.
“The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is helping us even though we are not winning matches or tournaments,” she said. “The whole nation is backing us up; they are following us. There are a lot of people who are following us on social media. We are getting a lot of messages of the men’s team, and they are saying now it your turn [to win the mega event], you have to do it.”
All-rounder Javeria Khan, while quoting the legendary Imran Khan on the importance of mental toughness, said that she never worries about the opposition.
“Cricket is a funny game and no one can tell who will win,” said Javeria. “As Imran Khan said 90% of the game is about mental toughness, which is why I don’t believe in tough games. We don’t see who is playing against us or who we are playing against.”
Pakistan captain Sana Mir also discussed about how she has witnessed a change in mindset during the five years.
“People would ask why a girl is playing cricket before,” said Mir. “But in the last five years, I’ve seen a massive change in the perception and increase in the numbers of girls participating in the game, both on the streets and in the grounds.”