Former Pakistan women cricketer Sharmeen Khan passed away on Tuesday (December 12) aged 46. According to reports in Pakistan, Sharmeen Khan died due to pneumonia just two days after returning from England. The former medium pacer will always be remembered for being the pioneer of women’s cricket in Pakistan.
She and her sister Shaiza Khan are credited for finding Pakistan Women’s team, helping the country gain Women’s Cricket Council membership in September 1996. Sharmeen and Shaiza studied at Shrewsbury School and the University of Leeds. Their love for cricket and the aim to make Pakistan women team’s began when they saw the 1993 World Cup final at Lord’s. And they managed to realise their dream inside three years.
They secured International Women’s Cricket Council membership for Pakistan in September 1996. Consequently, Pakistan became eligible for the 1997 World Cup, held in India. Incidentally, the national set-up was sponsored by their father’s carpet company.
A year later, Sharmeen made her Test debut against Sri Lanka Women at Colombo in April 1998. Two years later, she played her last Test against Ireland Women at Dublin. Her ODI debut came against New Zealand Women at Christchurch in January 1997. She played her final ODI against Sri Lanka Women at Moratuwa in January 2002.
Overall, Sharmeen Khan played two Tests and 26 ODIs between 1997 and 2002. She picked up five wickets in Tests and 20 in ODIs. She recorded her best ODI figures of 3 for 23 against Sri Lanka in 1998.