Ayesha Naseem Announces 'Shocking' Retirement From Cricket at 18

image-lkb87h2rAyesha Naseem [Twitter]

In a surprising development, Pakistan's 18-year-old all-rounder Ayesha Naseem has announced her retirement from international cricket. Her decision stems from a desire to lead her life in accordance with the teachings of her religion. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been duly informed of her shocking choice to leave the game.

Naseem made her international debut for Pakistan in March 2020, representing the country in 4 women's ODIs and 30 T20ls, scoring 33 and 369 runs, respectively. Her talent and potential were evident in January 2023, when she showcased a quick-fire cameo in the first T20I against Australia, amassing 24 runs off just 20 balls with three sixes and a four.

Renowned Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram lauded her as a serious talent, and she was widely touted as the next big thing in women's cricket due to her ability to easily hit huge sixes and clear the ropes.

Naseem's sudden retirement has sent shockwaves through the Pakistani cricketing fraternity, leaving a significant void in the team. Fans and followers had high hopes for her future in the sport, and her decision to retire at such a young age has left many both surprised and saddened.