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Bismah Maroof: Pakistan’s Cricket Captain and Inspiration

There are many cricket enthusiasts in Pakistan, but how many of us imagine a female player when we hear the word “cricketer”? Pakistan is a nation that is obsessed with sports. Until recently, the sport of women’s cricket was mostly ignored throughout South Asia, including Pakistan. There was a lack of general awareness about female cricket players, and the sport received practically little media coverage. Therefore, the news that a revolution is on the horizon comes as a pleasant surprise.

The last several years have seen significant advancements in women’s cricket in Pakistan, which has caused many die-hard cricket fans to shift their viewpoints on the sport. We owe an enormous thanks to the Pakistan Women’s National Cricket Team since none of this would have been possible without their help.

On the forefront, there is Bismah Maroof, the leader of the Pakistan Women’s National Cricket Team, who can bat either defensively or offensively, with a high strike rate. She can do either while leading the Pakistan Women’s National Cricket Team.

She made history by being Pakistan’s first female batswoman to reach the 1,000-run mark in one-day internationals. Bismah’s parents are native Kashmiris. Because they were college graduates, her parents encouraged her to follow in their footsteps and make a name for herself in the academic and medical communities. She had planned to become a doctor, but as she entered her late teens, her enthusiasm for cricket increased to the point that she would forego her education at Lahore College for Women University to pursue a career in the sport instead. 

She competed in the 2009 Women’s Cricket World Cup in Australia as a member of the Pakistani national team. At the 2010 Asian Games in China, she competed on a team that prevailed over Bangladesh, earning the tournament’s gold medal. After leading her team to victory over Bangladesh in the 2014 Asian Games gold medal game, she was promoted to vice-captain. 

Bismah was named captain of the Pakistan women’s cricket team on October 11th, 2017, in preparation for a series against New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates. Pakistan’s first-ever One Day International victory came in game three against New Zealand. She captained Pakistan to a 3-0 ODI series win over Sri Lanka in March 2018. Only twice before has the Pakistani team swept a one-day international series. She led Pakistan to victory in the 2018 Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup and was selected to play for Pakistan in the upcoming 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in the West Indies. For a five-game series in Australia in October 2019, Bismah was selected captain of the Women’s Global Development Squad. She tied the knot with software developer Abrar Ahmed on November 28th, 2018. She was appointed captain of Pakistan’s team for the next ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia in January 2020. However, the game against England on 28 February 2020 resulted in a broken right thumb. Nahida Khan has replaced her for the remainder of the competition, and Javeria Khan will lead the team as captain. Bismah was nominated for the 2020 PCB Awards for Women’s Cricketer of the Year in December 2020.

Cricket can revolutionize Pakistan’s conventional attitude and culture by providing women a voice and a place to thrive both as individuals and as a society. This would be accomplished by allowing women the opportunity to play the sport, just as Bishmah did so. It’s possible that this may encourage young women in Pakistan to go for the stars and make a difference in the world around them and their communities.

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