Bismah Maroof is set to lead Pakistan Women Cricket once again and will kick-start her duties from the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 in New Zealand.
The lady took maternity leave in December 2020 and gave birth to a baby girl in August 2021. She made herself available for the national duties in December 2021 starting the rehabilitation process ahead of the World Cup.
Bismah has already been re-integrated into cricketing activities and has resumed fitness sessions as part of her post-childbirth rehabilitation at the National High-Performance Centre.
She will also participate in warm-up matches to be held in Karachi as part of the side’s selection and preparation for the New Zealand event that will take place from 4 March to 3 April 2022.
On her return, she was one of the 36 probable to feature in a seven-match tri-series at the Hanif Mohammad High-Performance Centre from 10-19 January. The women players were split into two squads and were joined by a local boys’ side with the New Zealand-bound squad that has been named today.
The event will mark Bismah’s return to international cricket after two years. It must be noted that Javeriya Khan took over the duties in Bismah’s absence.
Notably, has played 108 T20Is and as many ODIs. She started her career in 2006 and is also the only Pakistani women cricketer and the first Pakistani cricketer (men or women) to cross 2000 T20I runs.
Pakistan squad for Women World Cup 2022:
Asmavia Iqbal-led selection committee that includes Saleem Jaffar and Taufeeq Umar has called up leg-spinner Ghulam Fatima, who last played for Pakistan in 2018, and opener Nahida Khan, whose last outing in Pakistan colours was last January, after impressive performances in practice matches during the recent Karachi camp.
Experienced all-rounder Nida Dar has been appointed as the vice-captain for the World Cup. Batter Iram Javed, all-rounder Tuba Hassan and wicketkeeper Najiha Alvi are the travelling reserves.
Kainat Imtiaz and Sadia Iqbal who were part of the ICC Women Cricket World Cup Qualifier squad have missed out on selections because of injuries.
Pakistan squad: Bismah Maroof (captain), Nida Dar (vice-captain), Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Ghulam Fatima, Javeria Khan, Muneeba Ali, Nahida Khan, Nashra Sandhu, Omaima Sohail, Sidra Amin and Sidra Nawaz
The Pakistan squad will begin the final phase of their preparations with a 10-day pre-departure camp in Karachi from 27 January. They will depart for NZ on 8 February.
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