LAHORE Pakistani women cricketers have managed to make themselves a force to reckon with in areas traditionally dominated by men, cricket being the most obvious example. When the ICC took Womens Cricket under its wing, the Pakistan Cricket Board became the natural guardian of womens cricket. The PCB immediately began setting up a structure for the womens game. An Under-21 level, a series against Indian women team was successfully hosted in 2005 and this was followed up by the holding of the second Womens Asia Cup in Pakistan. It didnt take long for the Pakistani women to notch up their first series win when they clean swept a more experienced Hong Kong side 3-0. However the really good news was still to come. Teams from England, New Zealand, Australia, and India have long dominated the game and Sri Lanka and South Africa are not far behind. The higher in ranking a team, the higher level of freedom and opportunities enjoyed by women in those particular countries I reflects. Women have not been able to compete or challenge their counterparts in other fields as they did in cricket. Pakistan team started the 2008 calendar year ranked at number 10. The ICC had planned for the Womens World Cup 2009 to be a break out event for the Womens game. A qualifying tournament was held in South Africa where 8 teams were to fight for two available places in the World Cup. They notched up win after win and stormed into the main event, thereby clinching a spot in the World Cup in the process. Given the challenges and lack of opportunities faced by our women cricketers this was no mean feat. The Pakistani women put up an impressive show at the event and against the odds managed to qualify for the Super Sixes stage of the tournament. In the process the team also improved their ranking to number 6 in the world. The Pakistan Womens efforts in 2009 resulted in Sana Mir being nominated for the Player Of The Year award. Prior to Sana distinction, Pakistani players Urooj Mumtaz and Sajida Shah had been nominated for the same award for the 2008 calendar year. Their success showed that all the hard work and dedication given to the womens game in Pakistan had paid off. These achievements owe a great deal to the efforts of the PCB womens wing. International standard events are being held every such as the recently concluded U-19 domestic tournament where the PCB provided everything from daily wages to equipment and gear to the players. Pentangular twenty20 events are also to be held and every effort is being made to develop the game from the grass root level. A National Womens Cricket Championship was held in 2008 covering regions from all across the country. Similarly a National Schools U-17 tournament was also successfully held in 2008 while a Quadrangular T20 tournament for senior level players was held in July last year. The ongoing national Under- 19 tournament is a continuation of the excellent work being done to promote the Womens game in Pakistan. The future of women cricket in Pakistan, despite the many challenges, holds much promise. While the official institutions do their bit, there is a need for Corporate sector to step in. Due to the social customs in Pakistan there is a limited time and opportunity for girls wishing to take up the game on a full time basis. Millions of talented young women want an opportunity to do their nation proud and its now for the PCB and the corporate sector to contribute their share.