LAHORE: Pakistan women cricket team’s captain, Sana Mir has attributed her team’s gold medal victory in the Asia Cup to ‘collective team efforts and individual hard work of the players’.
“Our entire performance of the team presents a true picture of collective efforts coupled with individual display of skills and hard work of the players and our success proved that we deserved to win,” she told reporters after the arrival of the team here on Monday at Lahore airport.
The team reached to rousing welcome as all the players were profusely garlanded and flowers petals were showered on them. The lovers of the game raised slogans to acknowledge the remarkable victory of the team for wining country’s first gold in the ongoing Asian Games. Pakistan beat Bangladesh in the final.
“I congratulate the entire nation on our success and I believe that victory in the Games will help in further promoting cricket among women golf,” she said adding “We played every match of the tournament with concentration and never took any opponent lightly and countered every opposition keeping in view their might and talent.”
She said Pakistan women cricket is on a upward trend in the country and the success in the Asian Games will motivate women youth to take cricket as a sport.
“After our success in the Asian Games we will be making more devoted efforts to maintain the flow of our victories by putting up far better performance in coming events,” said the national women captain.
Teams coach, Mohtisham Rasheed said the team played to best of its abilities and won the gold in the Games and made the country proud. “Our team made gradual progress in the tournament by exhibiting all round performance in every match of the event,” he said.
He said Pakistan is rich in cricket talent and women are taking keen interest to play cricket and the success in the Asian Games will attract female youth to cricket.
“Pakistan is rich in cricket talent and due to our strong domestic cricket structure we are having a pool of talented players to fill in places in our national teams.” All the 15-memember of the team said the victory was a gift to the nation.