Bismah Maroof Announces Sudden Retirement

Bismah Maroof Announces Sudden Retirement from International Cricket

News by “M.Sheharyar”

Bismah Maroof, former captain of the Pakistan women’s team, stunned the cricketing world by announcing her immediate retirement from international cricket on Thursday.

In a press conference, the 32-year-old bid farewell to the sport she loves, reflecting on the memorable journey cricket has been for her. She expressed gratitude towards the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for their trust in her and the platform they provided for showcasing her skills. Maroof specifically appreciated the PCB’s support for mothers, which enabled her to balance motherhood while representing her country at the highest level. She also thanked the fans for their unwavering support and her family for their steadfast encouragement throughout her cricketing career.

Maroof’s retirement announcement coincided with Pakistan’s women’s team facing criticism for their recent performance against the West Indies. PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi took notice of this and disbanded the selection committee.

During her illustrious career spanning from December 2006 to April 2024, Maroof represented Pakistan in 276 international matches, comprising 136 ODIs and 140 T20Is, setting a national record. She amassed a total of 6262 runs (3369 in ODIs and 2893 in T20Is) and claimed 80 wickets, with 33 half-centuries (21 in ODIs and 12 in T20Is) in international cricket.

In her farewell, Maroof expressed gratitude to her teammates, highlighting the camaraderie shared both on and off the field, which she will always cherish.

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