Women's World Cup, 2009 March 9, 2009

We have been waiting for years to beat Sri Lanka

I promised to the people of Pakistan ahead of today’s game against Sri Lanka that we would bounce back and I don’t think anybody could have expected a better performance than the one we put in today
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Can I begin by thanking everybody for their comments and messages on my last blog. I read all of your words of encouragement and it was very much appreciated following the disappointment of Saturday’s defeat to India.

I promised to the people of Pakistan ahead of today’s game against Sri Lanka that we would bounce back and I don’t think anybody could have expected a better performance than the one we put in today. I said at the weekend, after our loss against India, that we didn’t play up to our potential and that we would be fine if we got things right in all three key departments – batting, bowling and fielding – and that is what we did today.

We have been waiting for years to beat Sri Lanka and it was the perfect day to win – the first time a Pakistan side had won in 19 matches against them and the first time Pakistan has won a match at the ICC Women’s World Cup. To be part of this moment of history and to captain the side makes me extremely proud. We know we have taken a vital step towards making it to the Super Six stage now, as Sri Lanka faces a difficult last match against India, so it is extremely exciting that we may get a chance to face the likes of Australia and New Zealand next week.

After registering a decent total against Sri Lanka, which could have been higher if any of the girls who got good starts had gone onto make a big score, we knew that we had to take early wickets. I got an excellent response from all of my bowlers, having made a conscious decision to hold back Asmavia Iqbal from the opening overs, and once we got some early breakthroughs I was always confident of victory.

There were a few tears coming out of my eyes at the end and it was a special moment to get this win in front of my parents. My father has really helped me with my game, while my mother is always very supportive of what I do.

To celebrate the victory tonight, some of the team are going to come out for dinner with my parents, while other players will be with their families, before we gather all together at the hotel for a celebration later on. We won’t go too crazy though as we know we have another important group match on Thursday.

We are all really looking forward to playing against England in our next match and I am excited that the game will be broadcast live on television. I hope that people at home will tune in to watch the match so that we can prove to people in Pakistan that women can play cricket.

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  • Muhammad Ifrahim khan on April 25, 2009, 0:29 GMT

    pakistani team play well and some players are beautifull and i like some one

  • Aadil Shahzad on March 24, 2009, 13:04 GMT

    Great job! Keep it up. try to tackle spinners more. keep practicing spinners in the nets. If u over come this weakness no matter u can reach the final of any international competition. Once again heartiest congratulations

  • Rafiq Khan on March 17, 2009, 9:18 GMT

    Congratulations Urooj This is the very good work for Paistan to Create Girls Teams Thanks Again.

  • Swapna on March 11, 2009, 13:40 GMT

    Very well done, Urooz!! I'm an Indian and wanna tell u tht I'm surprised to see a Pakistani women's cricket team. Tht itself a biggest achievement!!! Keep it up!!!

  • Rizwan Younas on March 11, 2009, 10:27 GMT

    Hello Urooj.We must appriciate that being a female member of pakistan soceity what job you and your team are doing for us. being a fan of the game and living in lahore, we had a terrible time in recent past which we all want to forget and your team is helping us to forget all that. Pakistan's particiaption in worldcup itself is an achievement for us , as it would raise our image as broad minded and sports loving nation. on the other hand any scuccess (which you already achieved)would motivate parents(like me)to encourage thier daughters to be more active in sports. Pay my warm regards to entire team and wish you luck for coming matches. for me you win or loose the coming matches, your job has already been accomplished. best regards, Rizwan.

  • Zios on March 11, 2009, 3:23 GMT

    Well done! You girls made all Pakistan not only proud but brought a long awaited smile on every face. Good luck!... Cha Jao!! :-)

  • Sarah J on March 10, 2009, 13:14 GMT

    Urooj Mumtaz Khan.....congratulations this is really big and amazing...i am soo happy for you....you guys finally did it woohooo i just hope and pray that u guys can make it to the super 6 now :) all the best and praying for u always woohooo

  • Fariha Akhtar on March 10, 2009, 9:58 GMT

    Well done girls!! You've really made us all proud :) Best of luck for the upcoming matches!

  • Ali on March 10, 2009, 2:13 GMT

    Hi Urooj, Great WIN, You and your team has showed everyone that anything is possible. This is a great way to respond to the defeat against india. For Pakistan women's cricket team participating in the world cup is a victory in it's own. But to win a game so strongly is astonishing. To be honest can't see Pakistan winning to many games, but the confidence they have gained from this victory should show in the remaining games. They need to play a game were the other teams will not take them lightly. I wish u all the best of luck in the remaining games as well as the future, as hopefully we'll get more girls interested in the game of cricket, after they have seen this victory against Srilanka.

  • Jehan Ara on March 10, 2009, 1:36 GMT

    Yay - way to go girls! Congratulations. We are extremely proud of you all. Keep it up! You are in our prayers.

  • Muhammad Ifrahim khan on April 25, 2009, 0:29 GMT

    pakistani team play well and some players are beautifull and i like some one

  • Aadil Shahzad on March 24, 2009, 13:04 GMT

    Great job! Keep it up. try to tackle spinners more. keep practicing spinners in the nets. If u over come this weakness no matter u can reach the final of any international competition. Once again heartiest congratulations

  • Rafiq Khan on March 17, 2009, 9:18 GMT

    Congratulations Urooj This is the very good work for Paistan to Create Girls Teams Thanks Again.

  • Swapna on March 11, 2009, 13:40 GMT

    Very well done, Urooz!! I'm an Indian and wanna tell u tht I'm surprised to see a Pakistani women's cricket team. Tht itself a biggest achievement!!! Keep it up!!!

  • Rizwan Younas on March 11, 2009, 10:27 GMT

    Hello Urooj.We must appriciate that being a female member of pakistan soceity what job you and your team are doing for us. being a fan of the game and living in lahore, we had a terrible time in recent past which we all want to forget and your team is helping us to forget all that. Pakistan's particiaption in worldcup itself is an achievement for us , as it would raise our image as broad minded and sports loving nation. on the other hand any scuccess (which you already achieved)would motivate parents(like me)to encourage thier daughters to be more active in sports. Pay my warm regards to entire team and wish you luck for coming matches. for me you win or loose the coming matches, your job has already been accomplished. best regards, Rizwan.

  • Zios on March 11, 2009, 3:23 GMT

    Well done! You girls made all Pakistan not only proud but brought a long awaited smile on every face. Good luck!... Cha Jao!! :-)

  • Sarah J on March 10, 2009, 13:14 GMT

    Urooj Mumtaz Khan.....congratulations this is really big and amazing...i am soo happy for you....you guys finally did it woohooo i just hope and pray that u guys can make it to the super 6 now :) all the best and praying for u always woohooo

  • Fariha Akhtar on March 10, 2009, 9:58 GMT

    Well done girls!! You've really made us all proud :) Best of luck for the upcoming matches!

  • Ali on March 10, 2009, 2:13 GMT

    Hi Urooj, Great WIN, You and your team has showed everyone that anything is possible. This is a great way to respond to the defeat against india. For Pakistan women's cricket team participating in the world cup is a victory in it's own. But to win a game so strongly is astonishing. To be honest can't see Pakistan winning to many games, but the confidence they have gained from this victory should show in the remaining games. They need to play a game were the other teams will not take them lightly. I wish u all the best of luck in the remaining games as well as the future, as hopefully we'll get more girls interested in the game of cricket, after they have seen this victory against Srilanka.

  • Jehan Ara on March 10, 2009, 1:36 GMT

    Yay - way to go girls! Congratulations. We are extremely proud of you all. Keep it up! You are in our prayers.

  • Mariam on March 9, 2009, 22:24 GMT

    Well Done girls! Each one of us is proud of you...Pakistan can do it, and will inshallah! Continue playing to your potential and have confidence in your abilities. We are all praying for you back home. GoodLuck!

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • Farhan Hussain on March 9, 2009, 21:51 GMT

    Congratulations !! Finally something to cheer about !! InshaAllah we will definitely watch the next match ... You guys have really made us proud ... Good Luck !! Show us a good fight .. Our prayers are with you guys .. ^_^

  • Feroz on March 9, 2009, 18:52 GMT

    Congratulations on a job well done. We are all proud of this accomplishment. This is not only a great moment for Pakistan women's cricket but for all the women in Pakistan. What an inspiration! Can't wait for the match with England, so that the world can know that the men's team or the Lahore Badshah's are NOT the only team Pakistan cricket fans can root for. Way to go!

  • Muhammad Saad Mazhar on March 9, 2009, 17:40 GMT

    Urooj, Congratulations on a win, well deserved !!

    Bouncing back after being shot out for 57 talks a lot about this team's character ... Best Wishes and Prayers for your match on 10th; if this team can win its first world cup match today, then it can give a seasoned England team tough time too ... Again regardless of the result, just believe in yourselves and give your best shot in the field ... Go Greens Go !!!

  • Stani Army on March 9, 2009, 16:31 GMT

    Congratulations to you Urooj and to the rest of the team. If you would like your posts on staniarmy.com please do let us know.

  • Awab Alvi on March 9, 2009, 15:20 GMT

    Well done Urooj - hats off to the entire team - to have provided us here in a Pakistan atleast something to celebrate about !!! High Five for the remaining matches

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • Atif on March 9, 2009, 12:40 GMT

    It was really a great victory. I am going to take my days off for your matches now. We are really proud of yoy. You have won world cup for us by winning this match.

  • Imran Iqbal on March 9, 2009, 12:15 GMT

    Congratulation Girls... Keep up the Good Spirit and show the world that "U CAN"... Pakistan is so proud of you... Best of Luck for the future games. May Allah bless you all. Imran

  • Pakistan Rocks!!!! on March 9, 2009, 11:43 GMT

    Congratulations Urooj, You guys have really made us proud...Keep it up!!! Do you have any idea..how can we see the highlights of the match or if anyone of you has made the videos of the winning moments and celebrations..Please share with us...

  • OLD FRIEND NADINE on March 9, 2009, 11:10 GMT

    HI UROOJ CONGRATS!!!!! U HAVE DONE IT. ENJOY AND HAVE FUN. CELEBRATE YOU DESERVE IT.

    CONGRATS NADINE

  • Ralph Zimmermann on March 9, 2009, 10:35 GMT

    Congratulations - a great day for women's cricket in Pakistan!

  • prakash on March 9, 2009, 10:26 GMT

    Good show Urooj.. Well done.

  • Azhar Hussain on March 9, 2009, 10:26 GMT

    Well done. Congratulations to the Pakistan Womens Cricket team for their excellent team performance in overcoming an uphill task to beat Sri Lanka for the first time in four years. The whole of Pakistan is very proud of this accomplishment. All the blessings and the duas have paid dividends and we have achieved the first ever victory of the world cup. If we continue in the same manner in the match against the English team, we will definately qualify for the super sixes. Finally, the whole country and every Pakistani all over the world should be very proud to have a womens cricket team that can compete with the best. Best wishes and Good luck Dr. Azhar.

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  • Azhar Hussain on March 9, 2009, 10:26 GMT

    Well done. Congratulations to the Pakistan Womens Cricket team for their excellent team performance in overcoming an uphill task to beat Sri Lanka for the first time in four years. The whole of Pakistan is very proud of this accomplishment. All the blessings and the duas have paid dividends and we have achieved the first ever victory of the world cup. If we continue in the same manner in the match against the English team, we will definately qualify for the super sixes. Finally, the whole country and every Pakistani all over the world should be very proud to have a womens cricket team that can compete with the best. Best wishes and Good luck Dr. Azhar.

  • prakash on March 9, 2009, 10:26 GMT

    Good show Urooj.. Well done.

  • Ralph Zimmermann on March 9, 2009, 10:35 GMT

    Congratulations - a great day for women's cricket in Pakistan!

  • OLD FRIEND NADINE on March 9, 2009, 11:10 GMT

    HI UROOJ CONGRATS!!!!! U HAVE DONE IT. ENJOY AND HAVE FUN. CELEBRATE YOU DESERVE IT.

    CONGRATS NADINE

  • Pakistan Rocks!!!! on March 9, 2009, 11:43 GMT

    Congratulations Urooj, You guys have really made us proud...Keep it up!!! Do you have any idea..how can we see the highlights of the match or if anyone of you has made the videos of the winning moments and celebrations..Please share with us...

  • Imran Iqbal on March 9, 2009, 12:15 GMT

    Congratulation Girls... Keep up the Good Spirit and show the world that "U CAN"... Pakistan is so proud of you... Best of Luck for the future games. May Allah bless you all. Imran

  • Atif on March 9, 2009, 12:40 GMT

    It was really a great victory. I am going to take my days off for your matches now. We are really proud of yoy. You have won world cup for us by winning this match.

  • Awab Alvi on March 9, 2009, 15:20 GMT

    Well done Urooj - hats off to the entire team - to have provided us here in a Pakistan atleast something to celebrate about !!! High Five for the remaining matches

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • Stani Army on March 9, 2009, 16:31 GMT

    Congratulations to you Urooj and to the rest of the team. If you would like your posts on staniarmy.com please do let us know.

  • Muhammad Saad Mazhar on March 9, 2009, 17:40 GMT

    Urooj, Congratulations on a win, well deserved !!

    Bouncing back after being shot out for 57 talks a lot about this team's character ... Best Wishes and Prayers for your match on 10th; if this team can win its first world cup match today, then it can give a seasoned England team tough time too ... Again regardless of the result, just believe in yourselves and give your best shot in the field ... Go Greens Go !!!