Captain Bismah Maroof
Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof says the Twenty20 World Cup is a “big possibility to showcase our talent” and enhance recognition of women’s cricket within side the country.
The 31-year-antique all-rounder will spearhead a Pakistan group that has in no way been past the primary spherical in seven preceding appearances in the tournament.
Captain Bismah Maroof Speaking to AFP through telephone from South Africa wherein the World Cup receives underway on Friday, Maroof said: “There had been instances whilst no person or only a few people could realize that the Pakistan women’s cricket group exists.
“With greater matches and stay coverage, we’ve got earned recognition and respect.” Pakistan’s women will want to massively enhance beyond World Cup performances if they’re to make an effect on the 10-group tournament.
They have gained the best seven in their 28 World Cup matches to date, even though had been toward India, in 2012 and 2016.
Captain Bismah Maroof and her group associates could be chasing a 3rd victory over their arch-competitors whilst the 2 facets conflict in Cape Town on February 12 to kick off their campaigns.
After taking over cricket as a 16-year-antique, Lahore-born Captain Bismah Maroof has visible firsthand how women’s cricket in Pakistan has advanced over extra than a decade.
But she is aware additionally that masses of labor remain.
“I wish it’ll hold getting higher, and we’ll be getting because the centers and recognition as the opposite pinnacle groups do,” she said.
“That is the important thing to improve.” Pakistan is ranked 7th inside the international, which means they’ll over-carry out if they’re to make it beyond the primary spherical on the World Cup for the primary time.
At the ultimate year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Pakistan completed backside in their group, at the back of T20 international champions Australia, India, and Barbados, dropping all 3 games.
They could be lacking famous person pace bowler Diana Baig for the World Cup after she fractured a finger in a complete 101-run one-day defeat to Australia last month.
But in Fatima Sana, 21, they have a bowling all-rounder who won the International Cricket Council’s rising women’s cricketer award ultimate year.
“So I simply need my group to play effective cricket and supply their best.