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Pakistan women's cricket team skipper hits out at coach

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  5 Aug 2017 12:00 AM GMT

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<p>Lahore, Aug 4: Pakistan women's cricket team captain Sa Mir has hit back at tiol coach Sabih Azhar who called her "self-centered and egotistical" after the side's poor performance at the ICC Women's World Cup.<br />

The Sa Mir-lead side finished at the bottom of the points table at the World Cup in England and failed to register even a single win against the seven other participating tions.<br />

Azhar called the captain "self-centered, egotistical and being wrapped up in oneself" during the bitter aftermath of Pakistan's failed campaign.<br />

Mir however, took to social media to justify her stand.<br />

"Jourlists are free to ask junior players about our attitude towards them. No one can have a 100 per cent (clean) record but it's disheartening to see a coach maligning the senior players who have been giving confidence and guidance to youngsters for so long," the 31-year-old posted on Facebook on Thursday.<br />

The inclusion of pacer Dia Baig, who took seven wickets in five matches, was also a sore issue between the duo.<br />

"My coordition with the coach suffered when I insisted on playing Dia Baig, who was in absolutely great form. That was our major disagreement. Dia is talented and was in great form in the WWC 2017," Mir wrote.<br />

"My fight was to play a youngster in the team who is ready for intertiol cricket. I don't regret it. Moreover, we suffered defeats in this World Cup as spinners with the new ball penetrated our top order consistently in each game, specially left-arm spinners. We are also still short of players who can perform under pressure," she added.<br />

"We should be talking about cricketing problems we need to address, in a constructive and professiol manner, rather than persolising issues."<br />

The right-handed batswoman, who has played 102 One-day Intertiol (ODI) matches for Pakistan scoring 1,370 runs, also asserted that she will discontinue playing for the side due to the kind of criticism aimed at her.<br />

"I want to make it clear I don't intend to continue in the future with the current set-up of the Women's Wing in any capacity. I would still be sharing a detailed report with all of you to improve women's cricket once I get back by the end of August," Mir concluded. IANS</p>

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