Ismaili Bowler Diana Baig from Hunza inspires Pakistan to victory over West Indies in Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup + Profile

LATEST NEWS (March 1, 2020): Women’s T20 Pakistan vs South Africa — Diana Baig bowled well. She took the wickets of both the South African openers reducing them to 17 for the loss of 2 wickets. Her figures of 2 wickets for 19 runs from her 4 overs are impressive. South Africa scored 136-6 which included a magnificent knock of 53 by Laura Wolvaardt; Pakistan’s reply of 119-5 was short by 17 runs, and they fail to qualify for semi-finals. South Africa and England proceed from Group B. See Scorecard.

Please click The Cricketer: “Performance of the Day” – Diana Baig packs a punch to leave West Indies in Pieces

Diana Baig celebrates with her team mates as she takes a wicket. Please click on photo to read article in “The Cricketer.”

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Video: Interview with amazing Diana Baig

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Profile: Diana Baig
(adapted from Wikipedia)

Diana Baig (born 15 October 1995) is a Pakistani women’s cricketer and footballer. Baig was included in Pakistan squad for the 2013 Women’s Cricket World Cup and 2016 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 as well as the Twenty20 2020 World Cup being played in Australia.

Diana Baig, an Ismaili, was born in Hunza, Gilgit Baltistan. While growing up, she, like other females of her town, were encouraged by the progressive society around her. Her interest in sports started with street cricket and football. Learned and enthusiastic, she moved to Lahore, for her intermediate and undergraduate studies. She opted for Lahore College for Women University, where her endeavors were rewarded by the college. Her multi-talented sporting side gives her the edge, as she can represent her country at international level for both, football and cricket. She is fluent in English, Urdu and Burushaski.

Baig started her career in 2010, leading the Gilgit-Baltistan women’s cricket team. She was selected for Pakistan’s A team in 2012 and for the squad of the full national team in 2013.

She made her international cricket debut in 2015 against Bangladesh.

Diana began in football by chance. She was selected for the Pakistan football team when there was a shortage of players.

Her bowling and fielding performance in the ODI against India in 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup was impressive and was praised by Ian Bishop, one of the commentators. She came into the team in place of Kainat Imtiaz, and she immediately made an impact by taking an important wicket, Smriti Mandhana with an inswinger.

In October 2018, she was named in Pakistan’s squad for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies. In January 2020, she was named in Pakistan’s squad for the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia.

Date posted: February 28, 2020.
Last updated: March 1, 2020.

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