Women’s cricket in Pakistan is on a roll and more girls are taking interest in the game because of the performances the women in green have put on in the last couple of years.
The young girls of Pakistan are inspiring many because the women’s cricket in Pakistan has gained some significant strides over the past couple of years.
When we talk about women’s cricket in Pakistan than some of the names automatically pop out in our minds. From Shaiza Khan to Sana Mir, there have been many women cricketers who served their country with some amazing performances throughout their careers.
Early Life & Career:
In today’s biography piece, we’re going to shed light on the amazing career of the current captain of the Pakistan women cricket team. Yes, we’re going to talk about Bismah Maroof today.
Bismah was born on the 18th of July in 1991 in Lahore, Punjab. She is the current T20I and ODI captain of Pakistan’s women cricket team.
She started playing cricket at an early age and her passion for the game was so strong that her family members couldn’t stop her from pursuing her dream to play for Pakistan.
She played her first One-Day International match against India on the 13th of December in 2006. She became the 46th woman player to have played for Pakistan. She used to play for the Lahore Women’s cricket team in domestic competitions.
She made her T20I debut against Ireland in May 2009. Bismah has played in 108 ODI matches for Pakistan and her top score is 99. She has no ODI tons but she has 14 half-centuries to her name in the ODIs. She has also taken part in 106 T20I matches for Pakistan with 11 half-centuries and a highest score of 70*.
Bismah played her first international cricket council (ICC) tournament in 2009 when she toured with Pakistan’s women cricket team to Australia in order to take part in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
She was part of the national cricket team when they won the Gold Medal at the Asia Cricket Games in China. Pakistan won against Bangladesh women in the final to claim the Gold Medal for the first time in history.
She was also part of the National team when they clinched their 2nd Gold Medal against the same opposition in 2014 at the Asian Games. The 2014 Asian Games were hosted in South Korea. Bismah Maroof was serving as the vice-captain of the side when Pakistan won its second consecutive Gold-Medal.
Captaincy & Achievements:
Bismah was appointed Pakistan’s captain in 2017 when Sana Mir took an indefinite break from cricket. She was made captain for the ODI series against the Kiwis women in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Under the captaincy of Maroof, Pakistan won its first-ever ODI match against the strong side of New Zealand. In 2018, the Women’s cricket team of Pakistan won another major series as they clean-swept the Sri Lankan cricket team at their own backyard. It was only the second instance of Pakistan women winning an ODI series 3-0.
The women in green also went on to secure the T20I series 2-1 against the Sri Lankan women. It all happened under the captaincy of Bismah. Bismah Maroof also became the leading run-scorer for Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2018.
She scored 143 runs in five matches to reach the landmark. She was also made captain of the women’s global development squad in 2018 and she traveled to Australia for a series of five matches. Bismah also captained the Pakistan women’s cricket team in the ICC World T20 Cup for women in October 2018.