Bismah replaces Sana as ODI captain

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LAHORE – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Saturday introduced wholesale adjustments within the girls cricket set-up from changing the captain to eradicating majority of the administration part.

Sana Mir has been axed as captain of Pakistan’s girls’s workforce and will probably be changed by Bismah Maroof, a choice that’s a part of the PCB’s revamp of its girls’s cricket set-up following the workforce’s poor efficiency on the World Cup in June. Shamsa Hashmi has been dismissed as basic supervisor of the ladies’s wing, and the choice committee, led by Mohammad Ilyas, has additionally been disbanded. Ayesha Ashar, the workforce’s long-standing supervisor, has been axed from that function however has been given an interim publish within the wing till a brand new basic supervisor is appointed.

The transfer got here simply days after Sana Mir in a letter to her fellow teammates refused to attend a coaching and health camp forward of a sequence in opposition to New Zealand “except essential points relating to girls’s cricket have been addressed” by the PCB.  Sana’s axing means Maroof will now lead the aspect in each limited-overs codecs. She had been appointed captain of the T20 aspect in June final yr, after Pakistan opted for cut up management. Sana will nonetheless be thought of for choice as a participant. Sana, in a tweet later, congratulated Bismah and wished her properly for the problem forward.

Pakistan completed on the backside of the desk on the Ladies’s World Cup, shedding all seven matches, after which issues between Mir and the workforce administration surfaced. The workforce’s coach Sabih Azhar known as Mir “self-centred, egotistical and being wrapped up in oneself”, earlier than Mir responded by saying she wouldn’t proceed with the present set-up. The PCB mentioned the revamp was undertaken after assessing stories of the World Cup and a complete inner overview.

“The choices have been taken to handle the decline within the efficiency of ladies’s workforce,” Najam Sethi, the PCB chairman, mentioned. “These are properly thought-out choices taken after a complete inner overview. I’m hopeful that we’ll rework girls’s cricket right into a well-knit unit each on the sphere and on the administration degree. Sana Mir has made nice contributions in the direction of Pakistan’s girls cricket. She has performed an instrumental function for girls’s cricket in Pakistan. She has led the workforce with nice respect and had all the time used her finest talents to serve the ladies’s workforce.”

The PCB will search contemporary functions for the final supervisor’s publish to succeed Hashmi, a veteran administrator, who has been on the helm of ladies’s cricket within the PCB since 2015. Till that appointment, Ayesha, who was the workforce’s supervisor since 2009, will take momentary cost of the wing’s day-to-day affairs. A brand new choice committee will probably be appointed subsequent month to exchange the panel led by Ilyas, which had additionally included former girls’s captain Urooj Mumtaz and former Check batsman Nadeem Abbasi.

The PCB had earlier appointed Mark Coles as head coach of the workforce for the upcoming sequence in opposition to New Zealand within the UAE, changing Azhar. The transfer to usher in a overseas coach is part of the revamp and is being finished on a trial foundation. The three-ODI sequence between Pakistan and New Zealand – scheduled between October 31 and November 5 – is a part of the four-year ICC Ladies’s Championship to find out qualification for the 2021 World Cup. The ODIs will probably be adopted by 4 T20Is, ranging from November eight. All matches will probably be performed in Sharjah and the sequence will probably be thought of a house sequence for Pakistan.

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