Pakistan’s 18-year-old cricketer Ayesha Naseem announced her retirement, PCB confirmed, know the reason

Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed on Tuesday that the 18-year-old batsman Ayesha Naseem Retiring from all forms of competitive cricket due to ‘personal reasons’. PCB has appointed Nida Dar as the new captain and this will also be her first full-time stint as the team leader. It was reported on Sunday that the explosive right-hander Naseem has decided to retire due to religious reasons. But PCB took 48 hours to confirm it. Although he cited ‘personal reasons’ as the reason for his retirement, it was speculated by many that it was mainly for religious reasons.

Asian Games team not selected

Due to her sudden retirement, Ayesha Naseem will not be part of the Pakistan women’s team during the upcoming Asian Games to be held in Hangzhou, China from 23 September to 8 October. “We wish Ayesha Naseem all the best in her future endeavors as the PCB understands and respects her decision to leave the game due to personal reasons,” PCB women’s cricket chief Tania Malik said in a statement. Ayesha has featured in four One Day Internationals and 30 T20 Internationals for the team, including a few matches in the ICC T20 World Cup (2020 and 2023).

Ayesha was known for hard-hitting

Ayesha Naseem was famous for her hard-hitting skills. Especially in the lower order. She had a strike rate of 128.12 in the shortest format, the best by any Pakistani batsman in women’s cricket. He captained the team during the match against South Africa in the T20 World Cup in South Africa earlier this year. Other members of the squad for Hangzhou include left-arm spinner Anoosha Nasir, batsman Shawal Zulfiqar, leg-spin-bowling all-rounder Syeda Arub Shah, medium-pacer Diana Baig, bowling all-rounder Fatima Sana and all-rounder Natalia Parvez.

Left cricket for religious reasons

A report in Cricbuzz has claimed that Ayesha Naseem has said goodbye to cricket for religious reasons. In January 2020, 15-year-old Ayesha Naseem made her cricket debut and quickly broke into the national team thanks to her exceptional power-hitting ability. He told Cricbuzz then, ‘In my hometown, girls are not even allowed to step out, let alone play cricket.’ He had said, ‘People used to get angry when I played cricket. He used to constantly dissuade me and suggest that I was a bad influence on his daughters.

Cricbuzz claimed

Cricbuzz had already revealed in its report that Ayesha is leaving cricket for religious reasons. Cricbuzz wrote, even in a short career plagued by injuries where she often batted down the order, she managed to make an impact. The sheer power with which he hit the ball (T20I strike rate of 128.12) inspired many. His last exceptional knock was a 25-ball 43 against India in the World Cup earlier this year. Soon after the tournament, at the age of 18, she conveyed to the Pakistan Cricket Board that she wanted to retire from the game for religious reasons. The PCB has now gone and confirmed this.

Nida Dar became captain for Asian Games

Left-arm spinner Anusha Nasir and right-handed batsman Shawal Zulfiqar have been rewarded for their strong performances in the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup and the Emerging Women’s Team Asia Cup as they have been included in Pakistan’s senior women’s team for the first time for the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed this in an official statement and informed that Nida Dar has been appointed as the captain of the team. The Pakistan women’s team has won gold medals in the last two editions held in Guangzhou, China in 2010 and Incheon, South Korea in 2014, and they will be aiming for a hat-trick when they take part in the event to be held from September 19 to 26 this year. This event will be played in T20 format.

Learn the rules of the tournament here

According to the ICC T20I rankings and tournament rules, the Pakistan women’s team will participate in the quarter-finals to be held from 22 to 24 September. The semi-finals will be played on 25 September, while the final will be held on 26 September. The match for the bronze medal will also be held on 26 September. The 15-member squad was finalized after deliberations between the women’s selection committee headed by Saleem Jaffer, head coach Mark Coles and captain Nida Dar. Ahead of the Asian Games, Pakistan women will take part in three T20Is and three ODIs (part of the ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25) in a home series against South Africa in Karachi from 1 to 14 September. The squad for the bilateral series will be announced in due course.

Pakistan women’s team for Asian Games

Nida Dar (Captain), Aliya Riaz, Anusha Nasir, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Muneeba Ali, Naziha Alvi, Nashra Sandhu, Natalia Parvez, Omaima Sohail, Sadaf Shamas, Shawal Zulfiqar, Sidra Amin, Syeda Arub Shah and Umm-e-Hani.