BBC presenter Mishal Husain profiles six well-known Asian personalities, in a new six-part series on BBC World News.
Filmed at the NYU Tisch School of The Arts in Singapore, the new series goes in depth with scientists, actors, sports personalities and artists to find out what it takes to launch a successful business and career.
From the astrophysicist who put the first Malaysian astronaut into space, to Singapore’s 'zoo man', this series follows a group of pioneers who recount their extraordinary journeys in front of a live studio audience. In the second episode of the series, scheduled to air on 4 August, Mishal Husain in joined by Sana Mir, a female Pakistani cricketer and captain of the Pakistani women’s team.
Currently the only Pakistani cricketer in the top 20 ICC Player Rankings, Mir began playing the sport at a young age before the initial fun of playing in the streets became an electrifying passion for the game, later deciding to enrol herself at the Zaheer Abbas Cricket Academy for Women (ZACA).
In 2005, aged 19, Mir began appearing in the Pakistani women’s national cricket team and was crowned Player of the Tournament at the 2008 Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier. In 2009, Mir became captain of the women’s team leading it to gold medal victory at the 2010 Asian Games in China.
A breakthrough moment in their careers Mir and the team have since earned worldwide recognition, establishing cricket as a paid and professional sport amongst women in their home country. At a young age Mir has already overcome several obstacles, from dropping university education in pursuit of a career in sport, to an injury that forced her to completely alternate her bowling style. Her determination and drive has made her an ambassador for Pakistan and a mentor for her peers.
Winning the gold medal catapulted Pakistani women’s cricket into national acclaim, as Sana Mir explains: “It earned us the recognition we’ve been waiting for…we’ve been working really hard for the past five, six years but the recognition was not there as it should have been…now, [women’s] cricket is a professional sport.”
Speaking about her decision to drop university education altogether, Mir added: “My father said we’ve got thousands of engineers in Pakistan but we’ve got very few women cricketers so go and just live your dream.”
Mishal Husain Meets, broadcast in association with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, will air weekly on BBC World News from 28 July on Saturdays at 01.30 and 08.30, and again on Sundays at 14.30 and 20.30 (all times GMT).
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My father said, we’ve got thousands of engineers in Pakistan but we’ve got very few women cricketers, so go and just live your dream."