Pakistan’s women’s cricket team and cricketers are making waves in the ICC women’s rankings after a historic win against New Zealand in a three-match T20I series, with spinner Sadia Iqbal moving up to fourth in the rankings of T20I bowlers.
Left-arm bowler Sadia Iqbal, a pivotal force in Pakistan’s success against the White Ferns, took fourth place in the ICC Women’s T20I rankings. Having played 28 T20Is and claimed 29 wickets, Sadia’s remarkable best figures of three wickets for 19 runs against Bangladesh in 2019 contributed to her rise. Recognizing her consistent performance, Sadia was shortlisted for the ICC Player of the Month for November, and in ODIs, she climbed six places to reach 34th rank.
Her fellow left-arm spinner Nashra Sundhu also secured a place among the top 10 bowlers in the ICC Women’s T20 Rankings, occupying the eighth position with 53 wickets in 51 T20Is. In ODIs, Nashra moved up two places to 13th. Additionally, captain Nida Dar is ranked fifth among all-rounders in the ICC Women’s T20I rankings and is also ranked 18th in bowling.
In the ICC Women’s ODI rankings, Sidra Amin’s century against New Zealand propelled her three places to 21st position. Sidra also leads the ICC Women’s Championship 2022–25 batting charts, amassing 852 runs in 16 matches with an impressive average of 65.53, with three centuries and four half-centuries in championship matches.
Sadia Iqbal expressed her joy and stated, “Reaching number four in the ICC T20I bowler rankings is an important milestone in my career. I owe this achievement to the collective effort of the team and the unconditional support of the fans.” I am also grateful to the coaching staff, who have played a crucial role in my journey, and I hope to bring more success to my country in the future.”
PCB Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf expressed immense pride in the progress of the women cricketers and emphasized their commitment and hard work. Director of Women’s Cricket Tania Mallick underlined the importance of achieving rankings in the ICC Women’s Rankings, reflecting the growing competitiveness of women’s cricket in Pakistan and the progress being made in the promotion and development of the sport.