If the Pakistani Men’s team won the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and brought glory to their nation after ages, their women counterpart let them down miserably. The Pakistan Women’s Cricket team lost seven out of their seven matches in the ongoing Women’s World Cup, a feat they would like to wipe off their memories soon. But does that mean, you treat heroes like poppers, but yes it did happen. 19-year-old Nashra Sandhu was at the receiving end this time. She may not have made a huge impact in the ongoing tournament, apart from picking a four-fer against India, which included the big fish Mithali Raj and Poonam Raut as well. Thanks to her vicious spell, Pakistan restricted a formidable Indian line-up for a paltry 169, yet they lost. The Pakistani women cricket team left Great Britain on Saturday after their final group stage game against Sri Lanka which they lost.
So where did PCB go wrong?
Usually, Pakistan Cricket Board arranges for the lodging and travel of players and that is the role of the board and the management. Apparently, arrangements were made for all the players apart from one. The ‘unlucky girl’ was the young Nashra Sandhu. So, on landing at the Lahore Airport, she was received by her family who took her home via motorcycle as transport was not available. It was courtesy a news channel in Pakistan, Samaa TV, that captured the footage of the girl pillion on a motorcycle.
Pakistan women’s team cricketer Nashra Sandhu leaves with her family on a motorcycle after she returned to Lahore – PCB made no arrangements pic.twitter.com/EcNeGt7JKr
— SAMAA TV (@SAMAATV) July 17, 2017
It is a known problem that women’s cricket does not garner a lot of eyeballs like their male counterparts do, but PCB should realise that they are athletes and hence should be respected, at all cost and at all times. At least providing a vehicle is the least PCB can do for the only silver lining from the tournament.