Karachi: Pakistan women’s team captain Bismah Maroof wants full support from cricket fans when they compete in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, starting from February 21 in Australia.
While talking to the media in a pre-departure presser at National Stadium Karachi (NSK), Bismah said that people have recognized women’s cricket in recent times which is a good sign, now they need to extend support in the mega event too.
“I am glad that people have started highlighting women’s cricket which is a huge motivation for us on and off the field. Media has also promoted us which has progressed the status of women’s cricket in the country,” she said.
Talking about World Cup’s preparation, Bismah said that team management has worked individually on the strengths and weaknesses of the players. “Our team management has done a great effort in bringing all the players together. Head coach Iqbal Imam and the team worked hard to get rid of our weaknesses. We played on cement pitch to control bounce and pace, also played two practice matches under floodlights. Overall, we prepared well for the event,” Bismah highlighted.
To a query about the power-hitting element in the team, Bismah thinks that players like Ayesha Naseem, Iram Javed, Nida Dar, and Aliya Riaz can give them an edge in power-hitting. “Power-hitting is too important to put big totals on the scoreboard and give a tough time to opponents. We have worked on certain players to make them powerful enough to play quick innings,” she added.
It must be noted here that the Pakistan team will leave for Australia on January 31. They will do a nine-day training camp and also play three practice matches with West Indies ahead of the event.
The girls in green are placed in Group B alongside England, South Africa, West Indies, and Thailand. They will play their first match against West Indies on February 26.