Date of Birth18-07-1991
Place of BirthLahore, Punjab
Batting StyleLeft-hand Bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm leg break
Current Pakistan Team Captain, Bismah Maroof made her ODI debut on 13th December, 2006 against India and made her T20I debut on 29th May, 2009 against Ireland. She was also a part of the squad at the 2009 Women’s Cricket World Cup in Australia and was selected to play in the 2010 Asian Games in China.
She is one of only four cricketers in the ODIs, along with England’s Charlotte Edwards, Ireland’s Mary-Pat Moore, and Sri Lanka’s Chamari Atapattu, to have been dismissed on 99. Currently, she is the highest run-getter for the Pakistan cricket team. Apart from the national side, she plays for Asia Women XI in the domestic circuit.
The dependable middle-order batswoman Maroof was a part of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier as well as in the ICC Womens World Cup last year but due to hand injury, she has been ruled out and replaced by all-rounder Iram Javed.
Dependable, women for crises and bankable in every situation these are terms you get to associate with Bismah Maroof. She started as early 15 and it did not take much time for her to establish herself as one of the mainstays of the Pakistani line-up. Maroof made her ODI debut against India in 2006 and T20I debut against Ireland in 2009. Maroof’s calmness and temperament stood out when she guided Pakistan to their first-ever T20 World Cup in the year 2009.
Her ability to rotate strike and steel singles was appreciated by experts and critics alike. After having taking over the captaincy from Sana Mir in 2016, Maroof’s taken more responsibility to score runs and guide her team in several victories.
Initially given charge of only the T20I format, Maroof took charge of the ODI team after the 2017 Women’s World Cup in England. However, a sinus operation the following year just ahead of the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean, meant she handed over the reins to Javeria Khan. The left-hander then took back control of the team the following year, inspiring the group to continually improve and challenge the very best.
In the recent few years, Pakistan has evolved as a team and beaten top countries like South Africa, West Indies, and India, and credit should be given to Maroof’s calm leadership. She also became the first Pakistani batter to score 2000 T20 runs. With age by her side, Maroof will go down as one of the best batters from the Pakistan team.
- June 25, 2020
This week, Women's CricZone lists the first players from each country to go past the coveted 2000-run mark in T20 internationals.
- June 14, 2020
Bismah Maroof said she was honoured by the faith shown in her by the PCB and that she hopes to lead Pakistan in a positive direction.
- June 5, 2020
The board will not renew the contract of head coach Iqbal Imam who will now resume his duties in the high-performance set-up.
- May 28, 2020
Ananya Upendran looks back at the batters who were the first within their teams to tick off the coveted 1000-run mark in ODIs.