The Pakistan womens national cricket team represents Pakistan in international womens cricket. One of eight teams competing in the ICC Womens Championship, the team is organised by the Pakistan Cricket Board, Pakistan made its One Day International debut in early 1997, against New Zealand, and later in the year played in the 1997 World Cup in India. The teams inaugural Test match came against Sri Lanka in April 1998, however, the team has played in all four editions of the Womens World Twenty20 to date, and also participated in the Womens Asia Cup and the Asian Games cricket tournament. The concept of Womens cricket was first introduced in Pakistan by sisters Shaiza and they were subsequently met with court cases and even death threats. The government refused permission to play India in 1997 and ruled that women were forbidden from playing sports in public due to the religious issues. However, Pakistan first appeared in cricket in 1997 and playing against New Zealand. They lost all three One Day International matches on tour, but they were still invited to take part in the Womens Cricket World Cup later that year in India. They lost all five matches in the tournament and finished last, the following year, Pakistan toured Sri Lanka and played three One Day International matches, losing all of their matches and played in their first Test match, which they also lost. In 2000, Pakistan toured Ireland for a five match One Day International series against Ireland and they lost the Test match by an innings inside two days and the One Day International series 4–0, with one match interrupted by rain. Their first international win, in their 19th match, came against the Netherlands in a seven match One Day International series at their ground in 2001. This form did not continue into their six One Day International tour of Sri Lanka in January 2002 though, in 2003, Pakistan travelled to the Netherlands to take part in the 2003 IWCC Trophy, the inaugural edition of what is now called simply the World Cup Qualifier. They finished fourth in the tournament, their victories were against Japan and Scotland and this tournament was marred by a schism between the Pakistan Womens Cricket Control Association and the Pakistan Cricket Board. The IWCC did not recognise the Pakistan Cricket Board as the body of womens cricket in Pakistan. The Pakistan Cricket Board announced that they would not be sending a team to the tournament and this problem has since been overcome with the International Cricket Council requirement that womens associations and mens associations are unified under one single governing body. 2004 saw the West Indies tour Pakistan, playing seven One Day International matches, the Test match was drawn and West Indies won the One Day International series 5–2, but those two victories for Pakistan were their first against a Test playing nation. In 2005, Pakistan Cricket Board established a Womens Wing to oversee all Cricket Affairs under the Pakistan Cricket Boards control, the first international event was when Indian Under 21 team toured Pakistan, becoming the first Indian womens side to tour the country. This paved the way for Pakistan to host the second Womens Asia Cup in December 2005/January 2006 and they lost all their games however, finishing last in the three team tournament. The tournament featured the first match between the Indian and Pakistani womens cricket teams, early in 2007, the Pakistan squad toured South Africa and played in a five match, One Day International series
Sana Mir, former captain of Pakistan women cricket team
Pakistan Team at ICC Women's Cricket World Cup in Sydney, March 2009.