Bismah Maroof ruled out; Javeria Khan to lead Pakistan

Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof in action. © PCB

A thumb fracture has brought an early end to Bismah Maroof’s T20 World Cup campaign and Javeria Khan will lead Pakistan for rest of the tournament. Nahida Khan was announced as her replacement.

Maroof, who finished unbeaten on 38 in their opening clash against West Indies, sustained the injury when she was dismissed. She attempted to play the scoop against Katherine Brunt, when the ball hit her bat and then hit her right thumb. That meant the ball lobbed in the air for Amy Jones to complete an easy catch. Maroof was seen clutching her thumb as she was walking off against England in their second clash.

The nature of the injury seemed serious when Khan came in for a chat after the game instead of Maroof. She had said that the captain had gone for an X-ray and things didn’t look promising. It later came to light that she had sustained a “communitive fracture in her right thumb” for which she will undergo surgery.

Pakistan have won one and lost one game so far, with their last two games slated to be against South Africa (March 1) and Thailand (March 3). The team is yet to advance from the group stages in T20 World Cups.

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