GUANGZHOU (China) (AFP) Pakistans women cricketers have cruised into the Asian Games semi-finals determined to deflect attention away from lurid tales of corruption which have engulfed their mens team. Pakistan, Asias top-ranked side, have reached the last four courtesy of an eight-wicket win over Thailand and nine-wicket rout of hosts China and are set to be one of their countrys best hopes of a gold medal. We never get this kind of media attention at home. I am just so glad the sport made it to the Asian Games, said Pakistan skipper Sana Mir. There is always TV coverage when the mens team plays in Pakistan because it is huge, but you never see us playing on the big screen. Although there are around 600 women players in Pakistan under the age of 19 and around 1,200 seniors, earnings are meagre. Its the love of the sport which keep us going, Pakistan team manager Ayesha Ashhar told China Daily newspaper. We would like to be treated and rewarded just like the mens team. Mir admits that in a rigidly conservative country like Pakistan, many women face restrictions on when and where they can play, but 26-year-old Mir is relieved that she faced no such problems. I have to thank my parents and brother for their support, otherwise I could not have made it this far, said the captain. Ashhar also had words of encouragement for the China team, predicting they could become a force in the region within three years. Cricket needs many years to become established. For China, the challenge is to attract enough talented players and coaches. But I believe that when China chooses to develop a sport it succeeds, said Ashhar. China manager Liu Rongyao also has high hopes for the national team. All we need is time, said Liu. In 10 years time, China will be among the top three womens teams in Asia.