Sana Mir named among Asia Game Changer Award honorees
Pakistan cricketer Sana Mir named among the winners of the annual Asia Game Changer award. The awards ceremony will take place in New York City on October 24, 2019, where Sana Mir will receive the award along with five other women.
Mir led the Pakistan women’s team to win gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games. She recently became the world’s highest-ranked bowlers for one-day internationals (ODI); and, the best wicket-taker for spinners among women in ODI.
She was awarded the Pakistani Medal of Excellence known as Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, similar to the United States Congressional Medal of Honor; won the People’s Choice Award at the Pakistan Sports Awards, and recently included on the ICC Women’s Committee as one of three representatives of female players in the pre-eminent cricket corps.
When I started in 2005, people asking me why I’m doing this, and it’s not a women’s game,” Mir said. “But now, when I talk to people, they say. We’re very proud of the team. We want our daughters to be part of this team. They ask how they can be part of this team, so that mindset and perception have changed.
The Asia Society also praised Mir for excelling in one of the world’s most popular sports and inspiring millions of girls, stating, In a country where many women still struggle for basic rights, Mir’s success has been a star.
Unwilling to rest simply on her laurels, Mir is an outspoken advocate for women’s rights, working to change attitudes about women’s participation in the sport of traditionally male-dominated cricket, and beyond.