Bismah Maroof retires from all cricket formats


Bismah Maroof – the former Captain of the Pakistan Women’s Cricket Team – has her retirement from all cricket with immediate effect after the team’s humiliating performance in the ODI series against West Indies.

According to the media reports, former captain Bismah Maroof said that this was an incredible journey, filled with challenges, victories, and unforgettable memories. She expressed gratitude to the family for supporting her throughout her cricketing journey, from the very beginning until now.

“I also want to express my gratitude to the Pakistan Cricket Board for allowing me to show off my skills and for believing in me. The PCB’s assistance has been important, especially in putting into practice the first-ever parental policy for me, which has allowed me to serve as a mother and the highest-ranking representative of my country,” the cricketer added.

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Tania Mallick – the Head of the Pakistan Women’s Cricket – said, “We are all grateful for Bismah Maroof’s enormous contributions to Pakistani women’s cricket as she says goodbye to international cricket. We at the Pakistan Cricket Board would like to express our sincere gratitude to Bismah for her dedication and priceless contributions to the team and the nation. May Bismah’s journey ahead be as meaningful and rewarding as her cricketing career has been. I wish her all the best in her future pursuits.”

It is pertinent to mention here that Bismah made her ODI debut against India in 2006 and her T20I debut against Ireland in 2009. She represented Pakistan in 276 international matches, the most by any Pakistan women cricketer. She has scored 6,262 international runs, including 33 half-centuries, and has taken 80 international wickets with her right-arm leg-spin.

Throughout her remarkable career, Bismah competed for the women’s squad that placed first in the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games. Additionally, the southpaw led the team in 96 international games as captain. She played for Pakistan in four ICC Women’s 50-over World Cups (2009, 2013, 2017, and 2022). In the 2022 tournament, which was hosted in New Zealand, she captained the squad.

When it comes to Twenty20 Internationals, Bismah has represented Pakistan in eight ICC Women’s T20 World Cups (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2023). She also captained the team in the 2020 and 2023 tournaments, which were hosted in Australia and South Africa, respectively.

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