Former Pakistan women’s cricket team skipper Sana Mir on Sunday became the first Asian woman cricketer to play hundred T20 international matches.
The 33-year-old reached the milestone when she walked into the field for the ongoing third and final T20I against West Indies in Karachi. Sana expressed delight over achieving the feat and said that she is privileged to have gotten so many opportunities to represent Pakistan.
“Every match for Pakistan is a wonderful opportunity and a big responsibility. All I can say that I have been privileged to represent Pakistan for so long and have given my best in every match for my country with best of my ability,” Geo TV quoted Sana, as saying.
The right-arm bowler was part of Pakistan inaugural T20I team which played against Ireland in 2009. Since then, she has missed just two matches for Pakistan and that too because of an injury.
Overall, Sana is the sixth woman cricketer to complete a century of T20 Internationals. Deandra Dottin of West Indies tops the list with a total of 109 T20Is to her name. Among men, two Pakistanis Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi lead the way having played 110 and 99 T20Is respectively. Next to follow are two current Indian players MS Dhoni (93) and Rohit Sharma with Pakistan's Mohammed Hafeez (89) rounding the top-five.
In the Asian list, Sana is followed by fellow Pakistan cricketer Bismah Maroof (94 T20Is) and India’s Harmanpreet Kaur on third position (93 T20Is). (ANI)