Bismah Maroof, former Pakistan captain, retires from worldwide cricket

Former Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof has referred to as time on a storied 17-year worldwide cricket profession with fast impact. She is, nonetheless, out there to play league cricket.
Probably the most outstanding names in girls’s cricket, the 32-year-old finishes as Pakistan’s main run-scorer in each the ODI and T20I codecs. She scored 3369 runs in 136 ODIs at a median of 29.55, which included 21 half-centuries and a greatest rating of 99. In T20Is, she had 2893 runs in 140 video games, with 12 fifties to her title and a median of 27.55.
Maroof captained Pakistan in a complete of 96 video games – 62 T20Is (27 wins) and 34 ODIs (16 wins). Solely Sana Mir led in additional T20Is (65) for Pakistan than Maroof, whereas in ODIs she was third on the listing behind Mir (72) and Shaiza Khan (39).

“I’ve determined to retire from the sport I really like probably the most. It has been an unbelievable journey, stuffed with challenges, victories, and unforgettable reminiscences,” she was quoted as saying through a PCB launch on Thursday. “I need to categorical my gratitude to my household, who has supported me all through my cricketing journey, from the very starting till now.

“I additionally need to lengthen my due to the Pakistan Cricket Board for believing in me and offering the platform to showcase my expertise. The assist from the PCB has been invaluable, notably in implementing the first-ever parental coverage for me, which enabled me to characterize my nation on the highest stage whereas being a mom.

“Lastly, I wish to thank my fellow gamers, who’ve change into like household to me. The camaraderie we shared each on and off the sector is one thing I’ll cherish perpetually.”

Maroof entered the Pakistan workforce as a 15-year-old towards India in Jaipur in 2006 and shortly established herself as an everyday. She scored 43 on debut however took 4 years to file her maiden half-century in 2010 towards Netherlands. Her highest rating of 99 got here towards South Africa in 2015. It did not take her lengthy to file her first fifty in T20Is although, getting there in simply her second sport towards Sri Lanka in 2009.
Maroof was handed the Pakistan T20I captaincy in June 2016 after which the ODI function in September 2017. She took an indefinite break in December 2020 to organize for the beginning of her daughter, Fatima, after which handle her however returned in January 2022 for the ODI World Cup and has been juggling cricket together with her new life as a mom ever since.
Maroof stepped down from captaincy final yr after Pakistan’s group-stage exit from the Ladies’s T20 World Cup. She most just lately performed the three-match ODI sequence towards West Indies and scored 65 within the second ODI. Pakistan misplaced the three-match sequence 3-0.

Maroof was a part of the ladies’s workforce that received the gold medal twice within the Asian Video games, in 2010 and 2014. She additionally represented Pakistan in 4 editions of the Ladies’s ODI World Cup (2009, 2013, 2017, and 2022), captaining the workforce within the 2022 version held in New Zealand. Maroof featured in eight editions of the T20 World Cup (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2023) and led the aspect within the 2020 and 2023 editions held in Australia and South Africa, respectively.

No different participant from Pakistan has performed extra ODIs than Maroof’s 136, whereas she is second on the listing in T20Is behind Nida Dar.

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