Lahore, May 12: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed on Thursday that Bismah Maroof has been retained as the captain of the Pakistan women’s team for the 2022/23 season.
The decision means Maroof will remain at the helm since former spinner Sana Mir stepped down in 2016 (T20I) and 2017 (ODI).
“It is truly an honor for any female cricketer to be the captain of their country and it is a great privilege for me to continue in this role. The 2022-23 cricket season is the busiest for the women of Pakistan and we are excited and ready to the challenges”. presents,” Maroof said in a PCB statement.
Pakistan’s 2022/23 season will be packed, starting with hosting Sri Lanka in Karachi for three T20Is and as many ODIs. The team will then head to Belfast to play hosts Ireland and reigning T20 World Cup champions Australia in a triple-header series from July 12-24 before moving to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games to be held. from July 25 to August 8.
Similar to the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 in New Zealand, Maroof will travel to Belfast and Birmingham with her daughter Fatima and accompanied by her mother with the PCB sharing travel, accommodation and board costs in accordance with their Support Policy. to the parents. Maroof, 30, expressed her gratitude to the PCB and her family for supporting her in returning to cricket after giving birth to Fatima last year.
“I want to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board for their immense support throughout my career and especially for helping me strike the right work-life balance after the birth of Fatima. There was a time when I contemplated giving up my passion to play cricket, but the PCB ensured that it never came to that with the introduction of the maternity policy, which has made the game as inclusive as possible for women in our country. “I also want to thank my family and especially my husband, Abrar, who has been a great support throughout my career and encouraged me to continue playing for Pakistan.” Following the completion of the Commonwealth Games, the Irish women will make their first visit to Pakistan for three T20Is and as many ODIs in October. Pakistan will also participate in the ACC Women’s T20 Asian Cup, followed by a trip to Australia for three T20Is and as many ODIs in early 2023 and fly to South Africa to participate in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in February.
“Every match of the upcoming season is important to us as a team as the bilateral ODIs will determine whether we qualify for the next ICC Cricket Women’s World Cup and the T20Is provide us with opportunities to prepare for the all-important T20 World Cup in February 2020. next year”. Maroof concluded.