The upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup to be staged at Australia is to be lead by Pakistan’s Bismah Maroof for Pakistan Women’s team. The 28 year old is excited to handle the responsibility for the first time.
Bismah, who has represented Pakistan in 36 matches, is the only women from Pakistan to score 2000 T20 runs and the second Pakistani after Shoaib Malik. She also has the most number of fifties in the shorter format of the game.
Speaking to PCB digital about leading Pakistan in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and the team’s combinations, Bismah Maroof said:
“It is the first time I will be captaining Pakistan in a World Cup which is nothing less than an honour for me. Of course, it is a big responsibility to lead your country in such an event but, so far, I have been enjoying my role as a captain.
“At the same time, I am quite excited to lead this squad which has a good mix of senior and junior players. In Javeria Khan and Nida Dar we have the experienced players who share a good number of World Cup appearances between them.
“Javeria has been performing really well and Nida’s experience of WBBL will prove to be beneficial for us. In Omaima Sohail, we have a young middle-order batter who is growing with every match. In Iram [Javed] and Aliya [Riaz] we have big-hitting batters.
“Muneeba Ali has been an outstanding performer. She recently scored a century in the domestic T20 event and her numbers were outstanding.
“Overall, we have a group of batters who have done well and they can take responsibility of taking the team forward.
“Diana Baig has been bowling really well with the new ball and Aimen Anwar is making a comeback after a year. Aimen had bowled well in the West Indies series last year which gave me an impression at that time that we have a reliable T20 bowler coming up. I am excited with the prospect of using her, especially after how she has shown good rhythm in the recent T20 tournament.
“Youngsters like Syeda Aroob Shah, Fatima Sana and Sadia Iqbal have been performing really well since their debuts for Pakistan in the last year. We have named uncapped Ayesha Naseem and there is a lot of excitement in the team on her inclusion as she has the ability to hit big.
“Our team has grown in the last two years and we look forward to continue to grow over the course of the World Cup. The team is well-balanced and looks in good shape. I am hopeful that we will put up positive results.”
Pakistan will start their ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 campaign on 26 February against the West Indies Women.