Pakistan Women’s Cricket Begins to Flourish

via sport.guardian.co.uk

Until two years ago, playing sport in public had been virtually unknown for women in Pakistan. Many feared the reaction of conservative Islamic groups. In April, a mixed marathon in Lahore faced opposition from hardliners, who clashed with police. But it was not until December 2004 the PCB finally recognised the women’s game, a decision largely forced on them after the ICC took control of the International Women’s Cricket Council. Now the PCB are embracing their new role with enthusiasm. Imtiaz Ahmed, who captained Pakistan in 15 Tests between 1959-62, is being used as a coach. In March, the first national women’s cricket championship took place, and efforts are also being made to spread the game to schools and universities.