‘International cricket in Pakistan will benefit players’ says Bismah Maroof

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Pakistan women’s team captain Bismah Maroof believes that the complete revival of international cricket will revamp the image of the game in the country.

The skipper shared her thoughts with reporters in a presser at National Stadium Karachi (NSK) on the sidelines of their training camp ahead of their home series against England. She thinks that playing at home ground boosts confidence in the players.

“Playing at home ground is something exceptional for any player. It not only gives confidence to the players but also motivates young players towards the game,” she said.

Hopes for England series

Bismah has high hopes for upcoming home series against England as the team is preparing strongly for the challenge. “We have been preparing for the series since last week. The girls are in knick and really looking forward to taking up the challenge,” she said.

The right-handed batter said that the series is not easy but they will try to play aggressively as it will be a roadmap for them to advance in ICC Women’s Championship. “You need to play with positivity against teams like England, Australia. Our focus is to stick on our plans and execute them strongly,” Bismah highlighted.

Bismah praised new head coach Iqbal Imam for his hard work and management plan to keep players in contact with the game. “He has been with us for last year. We had a wonderful series under him against Bangladesh,” she said.

Sana Mir’s absence

Talking about Sana Mir’s break from international cricket before this important series, Bismah said that it was her decision and the whole team respected it.

“Obviously, Sana’s absence matters for us considering her experience. But it was her decision and we can’t do anything with that. I hope she comes back soon,” Bismah concluded.

It must be noted here that Pakistan and England will play three ODIs on December 9, 12, and 14 while as many T20Is on December 17, 19 and 20.

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