In last July when Bismah Maroof had to undergo a sudden and emergency procedure to treat her sinus, her cricketing future looked in serious doubt. She gave up her captaincy to Javeria Khan as she focussed on her health.
Though she recovered in time for the ICC Women’s World T20 2018, it was stand-in captain Khan who led the team in the West Indies last November. Now fit again Maroof has been named ‘captain’ ahead of a training camp for Pakistan Women, in preparation for their ICC Women’s Championship matches against the Windies Women.
The PCB confirmed this in a release as it said, “Star batter Bismah Maroof returns to lead the side after undergoing successful surgery.”
The probable 20 Pakistan Women are practising in the Karachi camp from 17-29 January ahead of three ODI followed by T-20 Internationals.
Ahead of the series, the coach Mark Coles said, “The series will be a perfect opportunity for the players to test their skills against a top side. The players during the two-week camp will undergo different skill sessions with the coaching staff and will also play practice games that will help them improve their fitness and skill set.”
He added, “The players selected for the camp have been playing together for a while. Seasoned performers like Sana Mir, Javeria [Khan], Nida Dar and the fit again Bismah Maroof are crucial to our plans as we look forward to playing a tough series against the West Indies.”
After nine matches Pakistan are sixth in the Championship table with four wins.
Probables: Bismah Maroof (c), Aiman Anwar, Anum Amin, Aliya Riaz, Ayesha Zafar, Bibi Nahida, Diana Baig, Iram Javed, Jaweria Rauf, Javeria Wadood, Kainat Imtiaz, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui, Nashra Sundhu, Natalia Parvaiz, Nida Rashid, Omaima Sohail, Saba Nazir, Sana Mir, Sidra Amin and Sidra Nawaz.