Sajjida Shah: The Prominent Female Cricketer of Sindh, Pakistan

Sajjida Shah (born on the day of 25 June 1988 in Hyderabad city, Sindh province, Pakistan) is a famous female Pakistani cricketer. A right-handed batsman and off spinbowler, she has played two Tests and 42 One-Day Internationals for the Pakistan national women’s cricket team.

Playing career of Sajjida Shah

Sajjida Shah made her debut for Pakistan in a One-Day International against Ireland on the day of 23 July 2000 when aged just twelve. She played four ODIs on that tour, and also played her first Test match, in what is Ireland’s only women’s Test to date.

In the year of 2001, she played seven ODIs against the Netherlands in Karachi and in 2002 played six ODIs against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, before what is perhaps the finest moment of her career to date happened in 2003.

At the 2003 IWCC Trophy in the Netherlands, she played in all five of Pakistan’s matches. In the opening match against Japan, she tore through the Japanese batting line-up, taking seven wickets for just four runs. This was the best bowling performance in the tournament and remains the best innings bowling performance in the history of women’s ODI cricket. She took twelve wickets overall and was the tournament’s top wicket-taker. She is also the youngest Woman cricketer to take a five wicket haul in Women’s ODI history (at the age of 15 years and 168 days).

The following year, the West Indies toured Pakistan and Shah played in seven ODIs and a Test match against them. The Test is her (and Pakistan’s) last Test match to date. Since then, she has played in two Asia Cup tournaments and five ODIs against South Africa.

 

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