Why is Ayesha Naseem Getting the Retirement from Cricket?
Ayesha Naseem is the youngest 18-year-old international Pakistani cricketer. In a surprising turn of events, the cricketing world has been left stunned as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed the retirement of 18-year-old prodigy, Ayesha Naseem. The young cricketer’s decision to step down from international cricket has left fans with a mix of emotions. However, the excitement for the upcoming Asian Games has not dampened, as seasoned all-rounder Nida Dar has been appointed as the captain to lead the team in the prestigious tournament
The reason behind her retirement
Ayesha Naseem did not disclose the reason behind her retirement at this young age when she was touching the heights of her success. She just said that it is due to some personal reasons and she wants to leave the national team. PCB has announced and made it clear to her fans that she is leaving the team and PCB wishes her a successful life ahead also.
Ayesha Naseems Achievement
Ayesha Naseem was a wonderful player on Pakistan’s women’s cricket team. As an 18 year old she has played four OID and approximately 30 T20s. She has also played in the T2O World Cup of 2020 and 2023 She made a debut against Thailand in March 2020. She was always in the headlines because of her power-hitting skills. She has made up to a 128.12 strike rate in her career. This is the best strike for Pakistani batters in T20S. Even though Naseem played only three years for Pakistan as compared to Nida Dar’s decade-long career, her 18 T20I sixes are second to Nida Dar’s 27.
Nida Dar set up as a Captin
With the departure of Ayesha Naseem, the question of who would lead the Pakistani women’s cricket team at the upcoming Asian Games arose. The PCB did not disappoint as they entrusted the leadership responsibility to one of Pakistan’s most experienced and accomplished players, Nida Dar. She will be on the first time as a full-time Captian of the Pakistani Cirkect following Bismah Maroof’s resignation after Pakistan’s group-stage exit from the T20 World Cup earlier this year. Nida Dar, an exceptional all-rounder, has been a vital cog in the team’s wheel for several years. Her ability to contribute with both bat and ball has often turned the tide in Pakistan’s favor. Nida’s leadership skills and experience playing in various T20 leagues around the world further strengthen her credentials as the captain of the national team. The PCB’s decision to appoint Nida Dar as the captain is not only a recognition of her capabilities but also a testament to the PCB’s commitment to promoting women’s cricket in the country. By giving the leadership reins to a deserving woman cricketer, the board sets a positive example and encourages the development of future leaders within the team.
Asian Games Expectations
The Asian Games have always been a significant platform for athletes across Asia to showcase their talent and compete on an international stage. For the Pakistan women’s cricket team, this tournament presents an opportunity to display their skills and prove their mettle against strong opposition. Under Nida Dar’s leadership, the team will aim to put their best foot forward and challenge for the gold medal. While Ayesha Naseem’s absence will be felt, the team’s focus will be on collective effort and team spirit.
The Saqud of Pakistan’s team
Pakistan’s female squad is also very good. They have always produced the best for Pakistan. Left-arm spinner Anosha Nasir and batter Shawaal Zulfiqar were both part of the inaugural U19 women’s team. Shawaal opened the batting and scored 39 runs in two innings during the Women’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup in June. Under-19 captain Syeda Aroob Shah, an allrounder who bowls leg spin, returned to the senior side after three years away. In place of Diana Baig, who missed the T20 World Cup because of a finger injury, Fatima Sana pairs up with Diana Baig with the new ball. Having last played in international competition in 2018, all-rounder Natalia Pervaiz, 27, was also included in the squad. The T20 World Cup squad was weakened by the absence of Javeria Khan, Sadia Iqbal, Tuba Hassan, Omaima Sohail, Aiman Anwer, and Sidra Nawaz.
Ayesha Naseem’s early retirement may have taken us by surprise, but it reminds us that athletes, regardless of their age, face immense pressure to perform at the highest level. We must be mindful of the mental and emotional toll that such expectations can have on young athletes and show support and empathy when they make difficult decisions. In Nida Dar, Pakistan’s women’s cricket team has found a worthy leader who has the experience, skill, and determination to guide the team to success at the Asian Games. As fans, let’s rally behind Nida and the entire team, cheering them on as they represent the nation with pride on the grand stage. The Asian Games are sure to be an exciting journey for Pakistan women’s cricket, and we eagerly anticipate witnessing their performances with great anticipation and enthusiasm.