Pakistan women’s team head coach Iqbal Imam praised Bismah Maroof’s captaincy and is confident to win upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup under her leadership.
In an interaction with reporters on the sidelines of a training camp ahead of the mega event in Karachi, Imam said that Bismah is a skilled batter and captaincy makes her a strong member of the team.
“I am confident as far as Bismah is there in the team. She leads the team from the front and I hope she will do the same in the upcoming mega event,” Imam showed immense confidence in the skipper.
Talking about team combination, Imam said it is a mixture of youngsters and experienced players which overall makes a competitive squad for the Wolrd Cup.
“If you see our squad, there are players who can be at their best in the extravaganza. We have Javeria Khan, the run-machine. She can hit the ball hard in the powerplay and can give us a steady start with the bat. Then, there is Nida Dar who can be lethal for us while filling as an all-rounder,
“Bismah, obviously, is there to support the team and if we come onto youngsters then we have the likes of Aroob Shah, young spinner, pacer Fatima Sana, Ayesha Naseem. Overall, a competitive squad we have and I am confident that this squad can beat world-class teams,” he said.
A seven-day long camp in Pakistan and a nine-day long camp in Australia will give ample space to the players to strongly get ready for the event according to the head coach.
“I think we have enough time to prepare girls for a tough challenge. Our training camp has already started in Karachi where I am keen to work individually with the players. Then we have a training camp in Australia before the event which will surely help us adjust to the conditions there. We also have a three-match T20I series against West Indies which will play an important role in our preparation,” he said.
To a query about gaining sympathies once again if they fail to deliver despite proper facilitation and time for preparation, Imam said winning and losing is a part of the game. “See, winning and losing is a part of the game but one thing is for sure that Pakistan women’s cricket has improved. I can’t guarantee to win the tournament but I am looking forward to improved performances by our team,” he added.
Exclusion of Sana Mir
Axing Sana Mir from the World Cup squad is a decision taken by mutual understanding, revealed Imam. “She is an experienced player and had achieved a lot for Pakistan. However, her current performance is not too good, and we are on one page for this decision,” he concluded.
It must be noted here that Pakistan is placed in Group B of the event. The green shirts will play their first match against West Indies on February 26.