Pakistan cricketer Fatima Sana is nominated for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s ODI Player of the Year. The 20-year-old cricketer has taken 20 wickets in 13 matches.
Sana’s passion for cricket developed in the streets of Karachi. She was heavily inspired by James Anderson and eventually took up fast bowling. Back in the day, she used to emulate him while playing cricket in her neighbourhood.
In May 2019, Sana made her debut against South African Women. She bagged the best strike rate – 25.7- amongst the fast bowlers from four Asian sides (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). Since Fatima’s debut, it is also the best amongst all the Pakistan women bowlers.
In 2021, at an average of 24.90 with one five-wicket haul, the 20-year-old took 20 wickets in 13 matches. She also scored 132 runs at an average of 14.66. The International Cricket Council (ICC) praised Sana for showing “tremendous maturity throughout the year” while also stating that she “was one of the few bright spots for Pakistan”.
A statement that came out by the cricket governing body said, “She [Sana] showed glimpses of her brilliance on the tour of South Africa, where she picked up two wickets in three games and also made handy contributions with the bat. In the second ODI, she picked up a wicket and scored an unbeaten 22 as Pakistan fell narrowly short by 13 runs.”
The statement further read, “In the five-match series against West Indies, Sana ended as the second-highest wicket-taker with 11 wickets,includingd a maiden ODI five-for. She continued her fine form in the home series against West Indies and the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier, with four and three wickets respectively”.
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