Sana Mir: Ex-Pakistan captain retires from international cricket

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Sana Mir captained Pakistan in the 2013 and 2017 World Cups

Former Pakistan captain Sana Mir says it is “the right time” to retire from international cricket.

The all-rounder, 34, is Pakistan’s leading wicket-taker in one-day internationals, with 151 from 120 matches.

Mir took a break from international cricket in November and was left out of the squad for February’s T20 World Cup.

“I believe I have contributed to the best of my ability for my country and the sport,” Mir said.

Pakistan only played their first women’s internationals in 1997, and Mir has been their most-capped female player – and arguably their most significant and recognisable one.

An off-spinner and right-handed middle-order batter, Mir made her one-day international debut in 2005 and was first named captain in 2009.

She played in 226 international matches, captaining Pakistan in 137 of them.

“The service will continue in a different form. Pakistan Zindabad [Long live Pakistan],” Mir wrote on Twitter.