In Pakistan, poor training facility and stereotypical views, hampering women's cricket  

Pakistan women's cricket all-rounder Nida Dar opens up on the poor outlook towards the female cricketers in the country.

Pakistan all-rounder Nida Dar in action (Courtesy: PCB)

Pakistan women’s cricket team remains bereft of a major title — Women’s World Cup and Women’s T20 World Cup — in recent years. Their last major success came in 2013 with their triumph in Women’s T20 World Cup but since then the World No.7 side are undergoing a tumultuous run. Moreover, the Pakistan women’s cricket team, failed to win a single win in 2021 before managing to clinch victory in only a single game in seven matches at the World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year. So how do you attribute the poor run for the Pakistan women’s team and what are the reasons for their consistent failures one would wonder. Their premier all-rounder Nida Dar opens up on the backstory. 

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Pakistan women’s team lack best facilities 

Nida, a veteran of 91 One-day Internationals and 108 T20Is, while speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the preparatory camp for their upcoming white-ball series against Sri Lanka at the National Stadium on Thursday highlighted that the major issues lies in the training facilities which are not best equipped and as per international standards. “We do our best to maintain our fitness, although, the difference between us and other teams can be that of facilities and the environment,” Nida said. 

Pakistan women’s cricket struggling with basic needs

Another major issue that the Pakistan women’s cricketers face on a regular basis is that the top players are finding it difficult to get their basic needs fulfilled and are even questioned by their family members on various grounds due to their stereotypical views. “We cannot go and train at any place at anytime,” said the right-handed batter. In the big cities you get time and space to train but this can’t be done in all cities. Being professional cricketers, we’ve to travel to other cities. I am from Gujranwala and I’ve to go to Lahore for my training.”

“Our environment is also such that you have to be answerable to everyone, including your own family members,” said Nida, the first Pakistani player to bag 100 T20 International wickets. “The questions that need to be asked should be about how many facilities the girls are getting to train. Boys can go anywhere to work on themselves but it becomes a bit difficult for girls.”

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