Profile of Pakistan Ladies Cricket Team – Two Gold Medals and a Couple of World Cup Wins
Cricket is extremely popular in Pakistan, and its high rating is not limited only to the population of men. Ladies also love this sport, and they are interested in playing it, which resulted in Pakistan Cricket Board making a decision to form a Pakistan ladies cricket team.
Women’s national cricket team of Pakistan made its ODI debut in 1997 when they played New Zealand, and a year later, first Test game was played against Sri Lanka. In 1997, they have been invited to participate in the World Cup held in India, where they lost all five matches they have played and finished last of eleven teams taking part in the competition. It was clear that there is a long way to go for Pakistan ladies cricket team, but they continued working hard during the following years.
They have finally managed to qualify for their next ODI World Cup in 2009, where they put in a nice performance, scraping a victory against Sri Lanka, which was their first ever World Cup win. After advancing to Super Six round, women’s national cricket team of Pakistan defeated West Indies, but later lost in the playoffs by the same team and ended up at sixth place. The team also qualified for ODI World Cup in 2013 but failed to record a single win.
Pakistan ladies cricket team was better at Women’s T20I World Cups, where they have participated in all four of them held so far. They failed to put in a victory on the first two editions, but the premiere win came at the 2012 World Cup in Sri Lanka, when they defeated India by 1 run. In the last World Cup held in 2014, they won against Sri Lanka to secure 7th place. Women’s national cricket team of Pakistan has qualified for the next World Cup which will be held in 2016.
The biggest success of this team was winning two consecutive gold medals at the Asian Games, in 2010 and 2014. They also played in the final match of the Asia Cup in 2012, but eventually failed to win, as India secured the victory by 18 runs.