From Gilgit to Cuttack: Diana Baig takes hopes of a cricket crazy nation to World Cup

Diana Baig cricketer from Gilgit

The Pakistan Women Cricket Team will leave for India in a few weeks time to play ICC Women’s World Cup 2013. Among the 15 players squad, there is an uncapped player, Diana Baig, who will take hopes of millions of cricket fans from around Pakistan and specially from the Hunza Valley in the Gilgit-Baltistan region. Diana, just 18 and a student of 1st year was born in Gilgit. She is the first ever women cricketer from the region to represent national team in an International Cricket Board (ICC) event. Diana is a right-arm fast bowler. Her recent best performance has been against Pakistan Greens in Lahore on 25th December, 2012 where she took 5 wickets for just 17 runs. This five-wicket haul took her to the national team.

“I play for the Islamabad region under-19 side and was picked for the team by the selectors during the matches organised by the Pakistan Cricket Board [PCB] last month when I took five wickets in one game,” she told a local newspaper.

Diana Baig
Diana Baig (Right) with a fellow cricketer posing before a match

The team captain and officials are expecting to have a good performance from Diana Baig during the big event. Sana Mir, captain of Pakistan Women Cricket Team told Dawn News:

“It is thanks to our improved domestic structure that talented girls like Diana, who are not from the big cities, are also being discovered. Last year, too, we took two uncapped players – spinner Elizabeth Barkat and all-rounder Jaweria Rauf – with us to the Women World T20 Tournament in Sri Lanka. And this time we have Diana.”
Pakistan are placed in Group B along with Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. They will play the first match against Australia on January 31.

Imran Hunzai
Imran Hunzai is a cricket fanatic and blogger. He contributes stories related to T20 Cricket and Pakistan Cricket Team. He is also the co-founder Centangle Interactive - an Islamabad-based digital media agency.