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Bismah Maroof relinquishes captaincy of Pakistan women’s team




Bismah Maroof has relinquished the captaincy of the Pakistan women’s cricket team, ending a nearly six-year stint leading the team. Maroof’s last assignment as captain was the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa, where the team failed to make the semi-finals, losing three out of four group games, including a thrilling match against arch-rivals India. The 31-year-old played a key role in guiding Pakistan to a competitive 149 in the T20 World Cup, remaining unbeaten on 68. But India won the target by seven wickets with six balls to spare.

The experienced batsman has so far played 124 Women’s ODIs and 132 WT20Is, of which she has led the team in 34 ODIs (16 wins) and 62 T20 Internationals (27 wins).

Bismah, however, will remain available for selection as a player, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement on Wednesday.

Bismah was named Pakistan’s all-format captain in September 2017 and had the best win-loss ratio among all regular players to lead the country.

The PCB said that his replacement would be announced at the appropriate time.

“It has been an honor for me to captain my country and I feel fortunate to have led an incredible and hardworking group of cricketers. It has been an exciting ride, full of ups and downs, but Finally today, I will always be thankful to almighty for giving me this opportunity.

Bismah said, “With the new ICC Women’s Championship cycle in its early stages and the 2024 T20 World Cup more than a year away, I feel it is the right time for me to step down and help, so that we can have a smooth transition.” Are.”

“I look forward to continuing to play as a player and play my part for the team.” PCB Management Committee Chairman, Najam Sethi said, “Bismah has been an inspiration to millions of girls and a catalyst for a positive change. Through her immense dedication and hard work, she has shown that women can follow their passion and dreams. may continue to follow. ,

“I am sure her presence in the Pakistan dressing room will continue to be a source of inspiration for our young cricketers and she will continue to serve Pakistan with honor and pride, as she has been doing since her teenage years.”

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