Pakistan’s Women in Green (the women cricket team) got recognition by photographer and author Mahwash Rehman who paid a pictorial tribute to the women cricketers by publishing a book highlighting their journey, Women in Green and Beyond in the field of cricket. The book published by Pakistan’s leading independent publisher Markings Publishing, was launched at the Lahore Heritage Museum with support of Bilquis and Abdul Razak Dawood Foundation (BARD).

Sheharyar Khan the PCB Chairman , Former Caretaker Finance Minister Salman Shah, Former PCB Chairman Women Wing Bushra Aitezaz and the Women Cricket team were present on the occasion.

Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, Chairman BARD Foundation speaking on the occasion said that it was a matter of pride for BARD Foundation to support the great initiative of Women in Green & Beyond. "This support is a testament to all inspiring and passionate individuals who are aiming to fulfil their dreams and allowing us to be part of their transformative journey. The Foundation is a strong advocate of supporting talent in Pakistan and encouraging people to realize their potential."

Sheharyar Khan PCB Chairman addressed the gathering and said, “We have all been accustomed to celebrating the men’s cricket team as heroes. It is heartwarming to see that our girls have now managed to create a following of their own in Pakistan’s cricketing landscape.”

Speaking of journey of the Pakistani Women cricket team he said he could recall Pakistan Cricket Board establishing the women’s wing in 2005 during his last tenure as PCB Chairman . "Women’s cricket in Pakistan has come a long way in the last few years, with a strong core of women cricketers proving themselves at the international stage. The series victories against South Africa and Sri Lanka which followed the memorable wins against top teams like England and India." He added this had been a long struggle but the results of years of hard work can be seen now.

He said the team now were under professional contracts and have a packed international calendar aimed at providing top quality international exposure to them. While PCB will continue to strengthen the domestic structure, these international tours provide the right exposure to our youngsters.

Praising the women cricketers who are a source of inspiration for many young girls wanting to excel in their respective fields he wished them all the best in their future endeavors.

The book Women in Green, and Beyond documents the extraordinary women’s cricket team of Pakistan journey over a period of 6 years. Initially it started as a thesis project by Mahwash Rehman at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, which later got translated into an entire photographic journey capturing the bravery, struggle, perseverance, pride, passion and diversity of these women cricketers, through her lens.

Mahwash Rehman sees the women cricketers as empowered role models who were not only courageous enough to live their dreams, but have also played a pivotal role in paving the way for the next generation of girls to step forward and choose non-traditional career paths.

With the launch of this book, Rehman hopes to trigger a critical change in people’s perception of women’s capabilities – not only in the field of cricket, but across different sports and disciplines in Pakistan – and beyond.

She says, "Women in Green, and Beyond recognizes the ever growing belief in self, and the strength of character of Pakistani women. It is an acknowledgment that Pakistani women can and do stand parallel to men in any field and celebrates women heroes who not only dared to break the stereotypes and live their own dreams but also empowered the next generation of girls to pursue their dreams and not settle for less."

The book is her humble contribution to the changing gender conversation in Pakistan by celebrating Pakistan women’s cricket team. She hoped it is able to bring the critical change in perception of women’s capabilities – not only in the field of cricket, but across different sports and disciplines in Pakistan - and beyond.

She further talked of the appreciation letters she received while in India to document the teams’ performance at the T-20 World Cup in March 2016, when she received many encouraging messages from family, friends, and even total strangers, all wanting to convey their support and good wishes to the team. “It was then I knew that the change I had longed for so fervently had begun,” she said.

Pakistan’s Women’s Cricket Team Captain Sana Mir said: “The book by Mahwash is the first of its kind that celebrates and introduces the women cricketers of Pakistan who represented Pakistan from 2010 till today to different audience. I wish her all the best and hope that through this book people will get to know the female cricket heroes and learn about their continuous struggle and achievements.”

The book launch was attended by the who’s who of Lahore who bought and book which was autographed by the author and the Women in Green, a big step beyond the stereotypical attitude surrounding women in Pakistan.