Pakistani women hail breakthrough T20 tournament

LAHORE: For Sana Mir, the captain of the Pakistan women’s cricket team, the successful and peaceful completion of a national Twenty20 event this week was a giant step forward for women’s rights in the conservative and troubled country.

The six-team tournament, named after former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, was held at the Pakistan Cricket Board headquarters at the Gaddafi stadium under a heavy security blanket and concluded on Thursday night in a colourful finale.

In a first for conservative Pakistan, men were allowed inside the stadium to watch the matches which have been out of bounds for them in the past – except for those who came with families.