Anam Amin, the left-arm spinner, was one of Pakistan’s biggest weapons at the ICC Women’s World T20 2016 in India.
Frequently opening the bowling and with her ability to deceive batters in the air, she finished that event with seven wickets in four matches and won two Player of the Match awards.
One of those awards came for her 1 for 9 against India, the dot balls she accurately delivered crucial to the tactic of choking the batters and forcing them into mistakes under pressure.
In the ICC Women’s Championship, she finished second behind Sana Mir among her teammates on the wickets chart, with 16 scalps in 11 matches. Since her ODI debut in 2014, Amin, 24, has taken four wickets in an innings three times in her 16 matches, with a career-best 4 for 7 against Bangladesh in Karachi in 2015.
Amin, a big Daniel Vettori fan, enjoyed the support of her father when she took up the sport. Her achievements have meant her initially reluctant mother too takes pride in her success, the youngster has said. Mir, her captain who first spotted her talent and backed her to play in the national side, has called her “the little champ who keeps inspiring us”.
Rumana Ahmed (Bangladesh)
Rumana Ahmed took Bangladesh Women’s first hat-trick, which came in a winning cause against Ireland last year.
Rumana Ahmed, Bangladesh’s spin-bowling allrounder, took over as captain of the side last year after the ICC Women’s World T20 2016, and has worn the skipper’s cap well.
Under her, Bangladesh brought up a memorable One-Day International win against the visiting South Africans at home in January.
Her personal figures have been impressive since the women’s team earned ODI status: she is the leading run-scorer (567 in 25 matches) and joint-leading wicket-taker (27 wickets in 25 games).