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Sana Mir likely to lose Pakistan captaincy and place in team

Poor Women’s World Cup means skipper and coach Sabih Azhar set for the axe

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Pakistan led by Sana Mir finished as the only outfit in the tournament to taste defeat in all the matches they played.
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Islamabad: Sana Mir is likely to lose the captaincy as well as her place in the team after Pakistan’s disappointing performance in the ICC Women’s World Cup in England.

“She (Sana) failed to lead Pakistan in a proper way. Her own performance too was not satisfactory. The board is likely to take a decision next week about her future role in the team,” a source in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) told APP on Monday.

The team ended their poor World Cup campaign on Saturday when they suffered a 15-run defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Sri Lanka. Overall this was their seventh straight defeat in the prestigious event.

Thus the Sana-led side also finished as the only outfit in the tournament to taste defeat in all the fixtures they played. Pakistan’s women team arrived back home on early Monday.

The source said that all-rounder Bismah Maroof is likely to be the next choice for the board to lead the national team.

“As per my information, Sana will lose both (the) captaincy and her place in the team. Bismah will be handed over (the) reigns of (the) team’s stewardship. She is a seasoned player and over the years has evolved into a dependable player,” he said.

The 25-year-old Bismah, who is Pakistan’s second-most experienced player in ODIs after Sana, was ruled out of the Women’s World Cup due to a hand injury in Pakistan’s match against England early in the tournament. She was replaced by all-rounder Iram Javed.

The source said women team’s coach Sabih Azhar is also likely to lose his job.

“The team displayed a poor show in all the areas under him. He was not appointed coach on permanent basis. And during his short stint with the team he failed to impress,” he added.

The source said that the board was considering appointing a new coach for the women’s team from National Cricket Academy’s coaches.