Bismah Maroof Retires from All Forms of Cricket

Bismah Maroof Retires from All Forms of Cricket

Bismah Maroof, one of Pakistan’s most celebrated cricketers, announced her retirement from all forms of cricket on Thursday, marking the end of an illustrious career that has significantly shaped women’s cricket in the country.

Maroof, a formidable left-handed batter, began her international career in an ODI against India in 2006 and made her T20I debut against Ireland in 2009. Over the span of her career, she has played in 276 international matches, making her the most capped Pakistan women cricketer. Throughout these appearances, Maroof amassed a total of 6,262 runs, including 33 half-centuries. Additionally, she made valuable contributions as a right-arm leg-spinner, taking 80 international wickets.

Her leadership skills were as notable as her prowess on the field. Maroof captained the Pakistan women’s cricket team in 96 international matches, leading her teammates in four ICC Women’s 50-over World Cups and eight editions of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. Her captaincy was particularly impactful in the 2022 50-over World Cup in New Zealand and the T20 World Cups in 2020 and 2023.

Under her leadership, the team clinched Gold Medals at the Asian Games in 2010 and 2014, milestones that brought significant attention to women’s cricket in Pakistan.

Reflecting on her retirement, Maroof expressed a mix of nostalgia and gratitude. “It has been an incredible journey, filled with challenges, victories, and unforgettable memories,” she said. Maroof extended her heartfelt thanks to her family, who supported her from the nascent stages of her career, and acknowledged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for providing a platform that allowed her to excel and influence.

The PCB was instrumental in implementing the first-ever parental policy for Maroof, which enabled her to continue playing at the highest level while embracing motherhood. This policy not only supported Maroof but also set a precedent for female athletes nationwide, illustrating the board’s commitment to inclusivity and support for women in sports.

Maroof also praised her teammates for their support and camaraderie both on and off the field. “I would like to thank my fellow players, who have become like family to me. The camaraderie we shared is something I will cherish forever,” she remarked.

Maroof’s retirement is a significant moment for Pakistan cricket, symbolizing the end of an era. Her contributions extend beyond her personal achievements, having inspired a new generation of girls to take up the sport.

As the cricket community bids farewell to one of its most influential figures, Maroof’s legacy of breaking barriers and setting new standards in women’s cricket will undoubtedly continue to influence the sport in Pakistan and beyond.

The PCB has announced plans to organize a farewell match to honor Maroof’s contribution to the sport, ensuring her impact will be celebrated and remembered. Fans and players alike are looking forward to this event, set to celebrate the career of a true Pakistani cricketing legend.