Former captain of Pakistan’s women’s cricket team, Bismah Maroof, was awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz for her outstanding services to cricket. The accolade was presented to her by the President of Pakistan, Dr Arif Alvi, during the Pakistan Day ceremony in Islamabad on 23rd March.
Expressing her gratitude on Twitter, Bismah dedicated the award to her parents, particularly her father, who supported her throughout her career. She wrote, “Humbled and honoured to receive the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz. I dedicate this award to my parents, especially to my baba, who stood by me through thick and thin. His cheers for me got through my hardest days.”
Bismah’s international cricket career spanned over 15 years, during which she represented Pakistan in 124 ODIs and 132 T20Is. She scored a total of 3110 ODI runs and 2658 runs in T20Is. Bismah also captained Pakistan in multiple ICC and Asian tournaments.
Earlier this year, after Pakistan’s exit from the Women’s T20 World Cup, Bismah resigned from her captaincy but remained available for the team as a player. Her contribution to Pakistan cricket has been invaluable, and this recognition of her efforts is well-deserved.
In addition to Bismah, two other cricketers were also honored with the highest civilian awards. Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan’s men’s team, was awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz, and Masood Jan, a blind cricketer, received the Pride of Performance award. Several other athletes from different sports were also recognized for their achievements.
Overall, the award ceremony was a celebration of the immense talent and dedication of Pakistan’s sports personalities. It is a reminder of the importance of recognizing and honoring the hard work and contributions of athletes in our society.
Humbled and honoured to receive the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz. I dedicate this award to my parents especially for my baba, who stood by me through thick and thin. His cheers for me got through my hardest days ❤️???????????? #PakistanZindabad #TamghaeImtiaz pic.twitter.com/ycKyAE6Vaq
— Bismah Maroof (@maroof_bismah) March 23, 2023
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