Former captain of Pakistan women’s cricket team and one of the most prolific icons of the country, Sana Mir becomes the second Pakistani woman to receive this prestigious award.
Ambassador Asia Society and Co-Chairperson Chan Heng Chee presented the award to Sana as he mentioned her remarkable contribution to women’s cricket in Pakistan.
“Sana Mir is first and foremost a true champion in her field, she’s also a champion for millions of girls and young women on the field and off,” said Chee.
Adding further “As a child growing up in Pakistan, Sana Mir saw few other girls — and even fewer women — playing the national sport: cricket. Refusing to let that stop her, Sana joined the country’s fledgling women’s cricket team and went on to become its captain and eventually the top female cricketers in the world.”
“Alhamdolillah! I’m truly humbled and honored to receive this award alongside amazing world leaders,” said Sana while talking to APP after the ceremony held in New York where Sana and various other Asian women were given the award in recognition of their contributions to respective fields. “I’m super proud to represent my country and the sport of cricket.
My prayer today is that the leaders of today and tomorrow see the world through the lens of the child, the way the child sees the world, so we can safeguard their rights without regard to the color of their skin, race, religion, or nationality,” said Sana while receiving the award.
This is the first time in a five-year history that all the awardees of Asia society awards were women, as earlier Malala Yousafzai has also received this award.