Sana Mir Named Ambassador for ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier

Sana Mir Named Ambassador for ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier

News by “Sana Ullah”

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed former Pakistan captain Sana Mir as the ambassador for the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier. Mir, with her extensive experience in leading Pakistan in 137 international matches, will oversee the 10-team tournament, where the finalists will secure berths for the Women’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.

Expressing her enthusiasm for her new role, Mir anticipates witnessing thrilling cricketing action as ten teams vie for two coveted spots. “Other than the significant qualification opportunity for two teams, the tournament will provide excellent exposure to the Associate Member teams and their players,” said Mir.

Having represented Pakistan in numerous qualifying events during her 14-year career, Mir aims to share her insights with the tournament participants. “My goal is to engage with the teams and players during the Qualifier and offer guidance on handling the pressure of such events and the keys to success,” she explained.

Mir highlighted the diminishing gap between top-ranked teams and Associate Member teams, attributing it to increased playing opportunities through ICC pathway events. “For women’s cricket to further flourish, regional events and the Qualifier are incredibly crucial,” she emphasized.

While Sri Lanka and Ireland are considered favorites, Mir did not discount the possibility of upsets from lower-ranked teams. “Teams like Scotland, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, and Zimbabwe surely have the potential to cause major upsets and make their way through to the semis and eventually to the final as well,” she noted.

Mir expressed particular interest in monitoring the progress of Zimbabwean players, whom she mentored during the inaugural ICC Women’s U19 T20 World Cup in South Africa last year.

The ten-team tournament will kick off on April 25 in Abu Dhabi, with all matches scheduled at the Tolerance Oval and Zayed Cricket Stadium. The teams are divided into two groups: Group A includes Scotland, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uganda, and the USA, while Group B comprises Ireland, the Netherlands, the UAE, Vanuatu, and Zimbabwe.

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