Pakistan’s 27-year-old all-rounder Kainat Imtiaz, has recently revealed she aspires to be the greatest of all time in the cricketing world. She wants to be better than Aussie star-cricketers Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning.
Kainat said during a press conference in Karachi today, she said that she does not idolize any player as she is not interested in emulating anyone. Her goal is to surpass the best ones.
“There are some great players in female cricket like Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry. I want to be known as an even better player, I don’t aim to be like one of them, I want to be better than them,” she said.
She has represented Pakistan in 11 ODIs and 12 T20Is, Kainat, a fast-bowling all-rounder has been in and out the side consistently but has become a regular member of Pakistan women team this year only.“Women’s cricket has come a long way. The way PCB is working for the promotion of our game is commendable. It has given an identity to women’s cricket and now more young players are eager to play the game,” she said.
Next up, Pakistan will face England in Malaysia for 3 T20I’s and 3 ODI’s next month, “Malaysia is like a home ground for us. We are hopeful of doing well in the series against England,” she said. “We have been preparing well for this series. Even the series against Bangladesh was part of the series. We are confident of a better show against England this time,” she added.
Kainat says the side will definitely miss their most valuable senior, Sana Mir as she has taken a break, but this also gives opportunities to the youngsters to come forward and play responsibly. She also discussed the growing exposure on an international level is helping the side very much
“We play each game with intensity and passion, and we never give up but we sometimes don’t finish the way we should. We need to get more strong mentally,” she said when asked why Pakistan women have a history of surrendering games from a winning position.
Chief selector Urooj Mumtaz is expected to announce a final squad for the tour on Wednesday.