PCB have retained Bismah Maroof as the National Women’s team’s Captain for the 2022-2023 season. Questions were raised over her leadership skills after Pakistan’s row of poor performances in the Women’s ODI World Cup 2022 in New Zealand where they managed to win just one out of their seven round-robin games & exited the tournament during the league stage.
Despite widespread criticism, the PCB has still shown faith in the veteran cricketer by retaining her as the Captain of the Pakistan Women’s team for the 2022-2023 season. Bismah Maroof has taken over the reins of captaincy from Sana Mir who resigned from the role across the formats following Pakistan’s exit from the 2016 (T20) and 2017 (ODI) World Cups.
“It is truly an honor for any cricketer to captain their country and it is a great privilege for me to continue in this role,” Maroof said after the announcement. “The 2022-23 cricket season is the busiest for Pakistan women’s side and we are excited and geared up for the challenges it presents.”
“I want to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board for its immense support throughout my career and especially in helping me strike the right work-life balance after the birth of Fatima. There was a time when I contemplated giving up on my passion of playing cricket, but the PCB ensured it never came to that with the introduction of the maternity policy, which has made the game as inclusive as it can be for the 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 has provided me encouragement to continue to play for Pakistan,” Maroof said.
Bismah Maroof has represented Pakistan in 115 ODIs & has amassed 2793 runs at an average of 28.50. With the ball too she has contributed by scalping 44 wickets. In T20Is also Bismah has played 108 matches & scored 2225 runs. With the ball, she has scalped 36 T20I wickets. Maroof has the highest score of 99 with 26 half-centuries registered on her name in the limited-overs format.
“I want to congratulate Bismah Maroof on her retention as the leader of the national side,” said Head of Women’s cricket Tania Mallick. “She has been an inspiration for women around the world with her demeanor on and off the field and I am sure our side will produce strong and consistent results in their leadership over the next year.”
Pakistan Women’s team have a busy season ahead of them during which they will play 25 white ball fixtures including the Women’s T20 Asia Cup and ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. They will first host Sri Lanka in Karachi for three T20Is & three ODIs later in May, marking the first time the ICC Women’s Championship will be held in Pakistan.
Maroof & Co. will then head for Belfast to play hosts Ireland and reigning T20I champions Australia in a triangular series from July 12-24. After the completion of the triangular series, they will move to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games to be held from 25 July to 8 August.