Name: Sidra Nawaz
Star Sign: Piesces
Age: 25 years
Birth: 14th March, 1994
Sidra Nawaz’s international career so far has been a strange one. She has played almost 100 matches for her nation. Yet, she has not scored a single half-century. The reason for that is Nawaz’s position in the batting order. The Pakistani decision making group plays Nawaz at such a number, that she hardly has enough balls to get a big score. Her role is often that of a pinch hitter.
Besides her batting, what keeps Nawaz in the team for almost every competition is her trustworthy glove-work. She has been excellent for the green shirts behind the stumps, and has hence consolidated her place in the side. Perhaps, if she can work on her batting, Pakistan would have a great asset in their side.
Early Life & Major Teams
Nawaz was born on March 14, 1994 at Lahore, Punjab. She has always been a promising cricketer, and has made it to the Lahore Under-19s Women and Higher Education Commission Women squad. She has also featured for Punjab Women, Omar Associates Women, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited Women, Lahore Women, Saif Sports Saga Women, PCB Challengers and PCB Dolphins. Most recently, she has played for the PCB Blasters in the 2019/20 National Triangular T20 Women’s Championship.
According to the records in PCB’s website, Nawaz’s List A career kicked off in the Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah Women Cricket Championship Seniors 2014. She represented Lahore Women in that tournament. In the first match against Multan Women, she never got a chance to bat.
Her T20 debut came in the PCB National Under-19 Women’s Championship 2010/11, where she played for the Lahore U-19s Women. In the first match against Islamabad U-19s women at the Lahore Country Club, Muridke, Nawaz played a handy knock of 18 runs. It helped her side reach a competitive total of 139.
Nawaz had a great time in the 2019/20 National Triangular T20 Women’s Championship. She scored an impressive unbeaten 20 in the game against the PCB Dynamites. Her quickfire 20 in the final against PCB Challengers helped the Blasters post a respectable total of 128. Unfortunately for her, it wasn’t enough to secure the title.
Nawaz’s international debut came against the Australian Women at an ODI game in Brisbane on August 21, 2014. Her debut wasn’t impressive, as she could manage to score only 1 run from 11 deliveries before Jess Jonassen got the better of her. Her T20I debut came just few days later against the same opposition, with Gold Coast being the venue this time.
This game was even worse for Nawaz. Firstly, she was used at much lower down the batting order than she would expect. To add to her wounds, she was bowled in the very first ball she faced. Sarah Coyte was the bowler this time.
Stats & Scores
In the 43 matches she has played so far, Nawaz has scored only 189 runs at an average of less than 10. Her average is less than 10 in T20Is as well. In the 48 matches she has represented her country in, Nawaz has totaled only 139 runs. She does not have a fifty to speak for, but once came agonizingly close. Her best score is 47.