Sana Mir, the former Pakistani skipper has been appointed as an independent director to the Board of Directors of the Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA).
FICA was established in 1998 and its members incorporate almost all the cricketers’ associations worldwide. FICA is a democratic, player-driven organization that unites all ‘organized’ professional cricketers from around the world under a worldwide body that focuses on issues that impact the players as a whole and the international game.
Sana Mir is undoubtedly one of Pakistan’s most talented players who has featured in 226 internationals since her debut in 2005. Additionally, she has captained the team in 137 of them and her astute and shrewd leadership was one of a kind. With 151 wickets in 120 ODIs at an average of 24.27, the off-spinner is Pakistan’s best ODI wicket-taker and she is also Pakistan’s third-highest ODI run-scorer with 1,630 runs. She is one of the few players to achieve both the distinctions of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in ODIs. She also holds the uncommon distinction of having played 100 T20Is. Her accomplishments have propelled her to the top of the ICC Women’s ODI Rankings for bowlers.
Sana Mir’s inclusion is certainly a step in the right direction. She has remarkable cricket expertise as a former Pakistan national team captain and current commentator. Besides her active role in cricket, she has performed several ambassadorships and activist roles at non-profit organizations, and she has degrees in Mathematics, Statistics, and Economics among the many distinctions she boasts off. Commenting on the appointment,
FICA Executive Chairman Heath Mills said “We are delighted to have someone of Sana’s caliber join the FICA Board and know she will be able to contribute enormously at this important time for all players around the world. It’s a significant and positive step for us to have a voice from Pakistan around our Board table.”
She joins FICA’s eleven-member Board, which also includes Tony Irish, who was recently re-appointed as an independent director, and former internationals Lisa Sthalekar and Cecelia Joyce. FICA President Lisa Sthalekar also expressed joy at this appointment and said, “Sana’s experience and continuing presence in the game will be a great asset to FICA and players around the world, and we welcome her to the Board”.
Reiterating the emphasis that FICA has on including women in the senior leadership and vision bandwagon by having someone from Pakistan on board, FICA Executive Chairman Heath Mills said “We are delighted to have someone of Sana’s caliber join the FICA Board and know she will be able to contribute enormously at this important time for all players around the world. It’s a significant and positive step for us to have a voice from Pakistan around our Board table.”
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