Pak women cricketers on uneven ground

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

Shaiza and Sharmeen started women's cricket in Pakistan more than a decade ago in the face of backlash from the PCB, which does not recognize them.

Karachi:

Shaiza Khan, Sharmeen Khan and Kiran Baluch may not be as talked about as Inzamam-ul-Haq or Waqar Younis, but their contribution cannot be belittled in any way. Shaiza and Sharmeen started women's cricket in Pakistan more than a decade ago in the face of backlash not only from the fundamentalists but also from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which does not recognize them. "My parents objected in the beginning. But then I went on my first tour and got a world record. I played my first match against Ireland at the age of 12 years and 35 days and that made them very happy," said Sajida Shah, Member, Pakistan Team. "At first there were many obstacles to my playing cricket but when my parents saw my name in Wisden, they were very happy," she added.

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