Nida Dar has made history by becoming the first woman from Pakistan to sign a deal with an international cricket league, having been picked up by Sydney Thunder for their 2018/19 Women’s Big Bash League campaign.
A highly experienced all-round cricketer, Dar has long been one of Pakistan Women’s most reliable players. Her 88 T20I wickets is a joint record for Pakistan with former captain Sana Mir, while her 1086 runs have come at a healthy strike rate of 96.27.
She is currently in some of the best form of her career, having played a starring role in Pakistan’s close-fought 3-2 T20I series defeat to South Africa in May. She struck two half-centuries in the series, including a stunning 37-ball 75, the second-fastest women’s T20I fifty of all time.
Thunder have failed to make the final of the WBBL since their title win in the maiden edition of the tournament. Having been knocked out in the semi-finals in each of the last two seasons, they will be hoping that Dar, alongside the likes of Rachael Haynes, Alex Blackwell, Rene Farrell and Rachel Priest, can help them bring home that elusive trophy.