Interviewed by Maryam Zaheer
Pakistan is a hub of talent. While fingers point at the continuous political turmoil, the world fails to acknowledge the flair of citizens who excel in almost every field. With Pakistani students earning their entry into the Guinness Book of World Records, along with being known for the largest football, having individuals winning the most title of awards, the country is also seen to be in the list of Oscars. Females are seen to be leading this quest. FajrNaveed is another such star of the nation who has made everyone proud. Playing for under-19 cricket team of Pakistan, Fajr is a lively, enthusiastic, and a talented girl.
Read about Fajr’s journey of cricket and look what she has to say to the youth. Her words have energy. Her expressions show patriotism.
Tell us about yourself?
I’m FajrNaveed from Pakistan. I play for the national women cricket team under-19.
How did your start your cricketing career?
During my stay in Abbottabad in the year 2011, I eagerly played cricket with my father who is in army. I was the captain of the Baloch center. At that time, I heard about the under-16 trails. I used to play with a tennis ball and had no idea about hard ball cricket. However, I went for the trails and by the grace of Allah Almighty, I was selected. Since then, I am into cricket.
How did you develop an interest in cricket?
I have been interested in cricket since I was a child. I used to watch female cricket along with my grandfather. It was his wish that I represent Pakistan one day. Sadly, he is not alive today, but I successfully managed to transformhis wish into a reality! (smiles)
So does that mean that you have a complete support of your family?
Yes no doubt! My family especially my parents support me a lot.
While living in Pakistan, did you face any stereotypical reaction from your relatives, friends, or the neighbors?
As we all know that Pakistan is not a safe place for women, it often gets difficult. This is true for all disciplines of life. Yet, Alhamdulillah, I have not faced any such serious opposition.
Who was your biggest support throughout this journey?
First of all I would like to thank Allah Almighty for His support throughout my journey. My family has always been there and the real credit goes to my father and my mother.
Tell us about your family
My father is in army whereas my mother is a beautician. Moreover, I have two brothers and a sister.
Are your siblings into cricket?
Well, my younger brother often shows some interest in cricket, but the eldest is quite distant from the game. My sister is just 2 years old.
What is your greatest achievement?
I have the record of being the youngest player of PCB. Obviously, that is my biggest achievement! (Chuckles with excitement)
How do you balance your studies with cricket?
Well in this case, I would like to say that I extremely appreciate the provision given by my teachers. However, it gets difficult, but I try my best as have to play for my country Pakistan.
That is great. What message do you want to give for the females especially the young Pakistanis who want to adopt sports as a career? Also, what do have to say to their parents?
Girls must not be afraid. Show your full rigor and spirit in your career, especially in sports. You should not worry about what others say; continue your efforts to achieve your dream. For parents, I just want to say that support your child in this field and let them chose a career of their own.
Thank you for your time!