Former Pakistan Women’s cricketer Sharmeen Khan has reportedly passed away from pneumonia at the age of 46.
I’m not going to pretend to know everything there is to know about Khan but from my previous readings it was stored in my memory that there were two sisters, (The other being Shazia) aided by their father, trailblazing a way for women in Pakistan to play cricket.
The sisters were instrumental in even getting Pakistan a women’s team and were part of the XI when the players took to the field to represent their nation for the first time ever. They achieved this despite fierce opposition from some quarters.
Women’s cricket continues to go from strength to strength today but the efforts of pioneers such as Khan back when the landscape was far more uneven should not be forgotten.