Bismah Maroof will continue to lead Pakistan’s women’s cricket team for limited-overs sides in the 2022-23 season, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed the development on Thursday.
After Pakistan’s poor World Cup performance in New Zealand, when they won only one of their seven round-robin games and were eliminated from the league stage, questions were raised concerning leadership succession. The PCB, on the other hand, has shown faith in the veteran who has been in control since Sana Mir abandoned the post across formats after the team’s failure to qualify for 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,” she added.
Pakistan will play at least 25 white-ball matches this season, with the scheduling for the Women’s T20 Asia Cup and the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup still to be released. Later this month, they will host Sri Lanka in Karachi for three T20Is and three ODIs, marking the first time the ICC Women’s Championship will be held in Pakistan.
Maroof and his teammates will then travel to Belfast for a triangular series against hosts Ireland and reigning T20I champions Australia from July 12 to 24, before heading to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games, which will take place from July 25 to August 8.
“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,” Tania Mallick added.