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Diana Baig

Diana Baig
Personal information
Full name
Diana Baig
Born (1995-10-15) 15 October 1995 (age 28)
Hunza, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm medium-fast
RoleBowler
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 71)4 October 2015 v Bangladesh
Last ODI10 November 2023 v Bangladesh
T20I debut (cap 35)1 November 2015 v West Indies
Last T20I1 September 2023 v South Africa
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2009/10–2014Islamabad
2011/12–2012/13Federal Capital
2014Saif Sports Saga
2015–2016Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited
2017Higher Education Commission
2018Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited
2018/19Higher Education Commission
Career statistics
Competition WODI WT20I WLA WT20
Matches 35 28 81 59
Runs scored 135 33 466 118
Batting average 6.13 5.50 11.09 7.86
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/2 0/0
Top score 35* 6* 51* 28
Balls bowled 1,475 553 3,446 1,102
Wickets 37 23 97 40
Bowling average 30.94 23.17 25.06 28.35
5 wickets in innings 0 0 2 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 4/30 2/12 5/28 3/23
Catches/stumpings 15/– 8/– 39/– 24/–
Source: CricketArchive, 21 January 2023

Diana Baig (born 15 October 1995) is a Pakistani cricketer and footballer.[1] In cricket, she plays primarily as a right-arm medium-fast bowler.[2][3] Baig was included in Pakistan squad for the 2013 Women's Cricket World Cup and 2016 ICC Women's World Twenty20.[4][5][6]

Early life and education

Diana Baig was born in Hunza, Gilgit Baltistan. Her interest in sports started with street cricket and football.[7] 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.

Career

Football

Baig began in football by chance. She was selected for the domestic football team when there was a shortage of players.[8]

Cricket

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.[7]

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. [9]

In October 2018, she was named in Pakistan's squad for the 2018 ICC Women's World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies.[10][11] In January 2020, she was named in Pakistan's squad for the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup in Australia.[12] In October 2021, she was named in Pakistan's team for the 2021 Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament in Zimbabwe.[13] In January 2022, she was named in Pakistan's team for the 2022 Women's Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.[14] In May 2022, she was named in Pakistan's team for the cricket tournament at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.[15]

References

  1. ^ Raheel, Natasha (22 November 2014). "Multitalented: They say football is a fulltime sport, but Diana Baigs to differ". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Player Profile: Diana Baig". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Player Profile: Diana Baig". CricketArchive. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Pak's Asian Games gold medals pave the way for growth of women's cricket". 22 March 2016.
  5. ^ "From Gilgit to Cuttack: Diana Baig takes hopes of a cricket crazy nation to World Cup". 15 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Diana Baig". Archived from the original on 12 February 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  7. ^ a b AFP (8 June 2016). "Dual role: Diana Baig's life as Pakistan's cricket and football star". www.dawn.com. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Meet Diana Baig, Gilgit-Baltistan's sole player at the 2022 Women's World Cup". ESPNcricinfo. 4 March 2022.
  9. ^ "Diana Baig – double international, athlete supreme". 3 July 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Pakistan women name World T20 squad without captain". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Squads confirmed for ICC Women's World T20 2018". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Pakistan squad for ICC Women's T20 World Cup announced". Pakistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  13. ^ "West Indies to tour Pakistan for three ODIs from November 8; Javeria Khan to lead the hosts". Women's CricZone. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  14. ^ "Bismah Maroof returns to lead Pakistan in World Cup 2022". Women's CricZone. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  15. ^ "Women squad for Commonwealth Games announced". Pakistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
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