Making History, Marina Iqbal Becomes the First Pakistani Female Commentator

Although Pakistan’s women cricket has been continuously under criticism for not producing results due to lack of funds, Marina Iqbal’s latest achievement might inspire a new hope for everyone. The former Pakistani women team member becomes the first ever female commentator for the country.

Marina Iqbal played her final One Day International (ODI) last year against New Zealand. However, her passion for cricket and to stay affiliated with the sport increased after that. She proceeded to sharpen her language skills and pursue in the field of commentary. She made her commentary debut during Pakistan – Australia Women’s Cricket Series held in Malaysia.

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Her talent and ability in this particular sphere have been appreciated by other commentators as well as her colleagues. After she made her debut appearance in the commentator box, many people started to pour in appreciation for her on Twitter. The Human Rights Minister, Shireen Mazari also appreciated her achievement.

”Glad to see our women moving forward decisively in the world of sports! Well done #MarinaIqbal”

Not only Shireen Mazari but Pakistan’s men cricket team captain Muhammad Hafeez also publically appreciated her and wished her best of luck. He also appreciated the Game Plan for promoting Pakistani talent.

After receiving heartwarming messages, Marina tweeted and thanked British TV presenter and commentary trainer Gavin Scovell for training her and equipping her with the necessary knowledge. She wrote:

”Picking up the mic for the love of the game. This instinct pursued me to stay connected to my passion – cricket. What more can you ask? I really want to thank Gavin Scovell for all the training and knowledge”

Marina Iqbal remained a part of women national cricket team from 2009 to 2017. She played as the opener and served as the Vice Captain in 2010.

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