LAHORE: Bismah Maroof will be leading the side in the upcoming ICC Women T20 World Cup in Australia which will also be her first mega-event as captain. While talking to PCB Digital, the left-handed batsman playing her sixth T20 World Cup said that now as a skipper, the role is bigger but it is also a huge pleasure to lead in such a big competition.
“It is the first time I will be captaining Pakistan in a World Cup which is nothing less than an honor for me. Of course, it is a big responsibility to lead your country in such an event but, so far, I have been enjoying my role as a captain,” she said.
The 28-year-old thinks that the combination of young and senior players will be beneficial for us in the tournament. “I am quite excited to lead this squad which has a good mix of senior and junior players. In Javeria Khan and Nida Dar, we have the experienced players who share a good number of World Cup appearances between them,” she added.
“Omaima Sohail, we have a young middle-order batter who is growing with every match. In Iram Javed and Aliya Riaz, we have big-hitting batters for power hitting and Muneeba Ali, the recent sensation as she recently scored a century in the domestic T20 event and her numbers were outstanding,”
She emphasized the performance of the bowlers who showcased themselves really well in the last year and also in the recently concluded National T20 Triangular T20 tournament.
“Syeda Aroob Shah, Fatima Sana, and Sadia Iqbal have been playing really well since their debuts for Pakistan in the last year. Ayesha Naseem, the uncapped player, her inclusion in the squad is exciting as she has the ability to hit big as well.
“With the new ball, Diana Baig has been bowling really well. The comeback of Aimen Anwar as she has performed well in the domestic T20 tournament and is growing really well as a bowler,” she maintained. It must be noted that Pakistan women will play their first match of the competition against West Indies women on 26 February.