Pakistan women’s cricketer Nahida Khan has announced her retirement from international cricket, bringing an end to a remarkable career that spanned over a decade. The 36-year-old opening batter made her debut for the national team in February 2009 against Sri Lanka and went on to represent Pakistan in over 100 matches across formats. With numerous records and achievements to her name, Nahida leaves behind a legacy that will be remembered in women’s cricket in Pakistan.
A Distinguished Career:
Nahida Khan’s retirement marks the conclusion of a remarkable journey that has left an indelible mark on the women’s cricket scene in Pakistan. Over the course of her career, Nahida has represented her country with passion and dedication, earning her place as one of Pakistan’s most respected cricketers.
During her time on the field, Nahida Khan achieved several notable milestones. She holds the record for the most catches in an ODI innings, having caught the ball four times in a match against Sri Lanka in 2018. In a career spanning 66 ODIs, Nahida accumulated 1410 runs, showcasing her ability as a reliable and consistent opening batter. In addition, she showcased her skills in the T20I format, accumulating 604 runs in 54 matches.
World Cup Appearances:
Nahida Khan’s contributions to Pakistan cricket extend to the grand stages of the ICC Women’s World Cups. She proudly represented Pakistan in three ODI World Cups (2013, 2017, and 2022) and four T20I World Cups (2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018). Her experience and presence in these prestigious tournaments have been invaluable to the team.
Gratitude and Acknowledgments:
In the wake of her retirement, Nahida Khan expressed her gratitude to those who supported her throughout her career. She thanked her family, teammates, coaches, and the Pakistan Cricket Board for their unwavering guidance and belief in her abilities. She also extended her heartfelt appreciation to the passionate fans who stood by her side, both in Pakistan and around the world.
Legacy and Inspiration:
Tania Mallick, Head of Women’s Cricket, acknowledged Nahida Khan’s immense contribution to Pakistan cricket. Mallick recognized her outstanding performances and longevity in the sport, highlighting Nahida as a role model and a source of inspiration for future cricketers to follow their dreams. The impact of Nahida’s achievements is expected to resonate throughout women’s cricket in Pakistan, encouraging young talents to pursue the sport with determination and resilience.