PCB Decides to Retain Bismah Maroof as Captain Despite Poor World Cup Campaign

PCB Decides to Retain Bismah Maroof as Captain Despite Poor World Cup Campaign
PCB Decides to Retain Bismah Maroof as Captain Despite Poor World Cup Campaign
PCB Decides to Retain Bismah Maroof as Captain Despite Poor World Cup Campaign

Bismah Maroof will continue to captain the national women’s limited-overs sides in the 2022-23 season, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board.

With the dates for the ACC Women’s T20 Asia Cup and the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup to be revealed, Pakistan is gearing up for an action-packed bumper season in which the side will play at least 25 matches.

In what will be the first instance of ICC Women’s Championship matches being held in Pakistan, they will welcome Sri Lanka in Karachi for three T20Is and three ODIs later this month.

Bismah’s team will then travel to Belfast for a T20I triangular series against hosts Ireland and champions Australia from July 12 to 24, before heading to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games from July 25 to August 8.

Bismah will go to Belfast and Birmingham with her daughter Fatima and mother, like she did for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, with the Pakistan Cricket Board covering the travel, housing, and boarding expenses in accordance with its Parental Support Policy.

In October, Ireland’s women will play three T20Is and as many ODIs in Pakistan, as well as ICC Women’s Championship fixtures, before competing in the ACC Women’s T20 Asia Cup. At the start of 2023, they travel to Australia for three T20Is and three ODIs, their first away ICC Women’s Championship matches of the cycle, before competing in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa in February.

“It is a true honour for any cricketer to captain their country, and it is a wonderful privilege for me to continue in this capacity,” Bismah Maroof said. The 2022-23 cricket season will be the busiest for Pakistan’s women’s team, and we are looking forward to the challenges ahead.”

“Every match in the upcoming season is crucial for us as a team since bilateral ODIs will determine whether we qualify for the next ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, while T20Is will allow us to prepare for the all-important T20 World Cup in February next year.”

“I’d want to express my gratitude to the Pakistan Cricket Board for its unwavering support throughout my career, particularly in assisting me in striking the correct work-life balance following the birth of Fatima.” There was a point when I considered retiring from cricket, but the PCB made sure that didn’t happen with the introduction of the maternity policy, which has made the game as accessible as it can be for women in our country. I’d like to thank my family, particularly my husband, Abrar, who has been a huge support throughout my career and has encouraged me to keep playing for Pakistan.”

Bismah made her Pakistan debut at the age of 15 in a one-day international against India in Jaipur in December 2006. She is Pakistan’s only female cricketer to reach 5,000 international runs. She became the T20I captain in 2016 and the ODI skipper following the 2017 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.

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