Bismah Maroof announces Retirement from all format of Cricket: Breaking

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In a surprise announcement that reverberated through the cricketing world, Bismah Maroof, one of Pakistan’s most illustrious women cricketers and former captain, has decided to hang up her boots from all international formats. Her retirement marks the end of an era—a journey filled with passion, resilience, and unforgettable moments.

A Trailblazer’s Journey

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Bismah Maroof the cricketing odyssey began in 2006, when she made her ODI debut against India. From that moment, she etched her name in the annals of Pakistan women’s cricket. Her left-handed batting style was a thing of beauty, and her right-arm leg-spin added a touch of versatility to her game.

Unwavering Commitment

Bismah Maroof announces retirement from cricket with immediate effect | West Indies Women tour of Pakistan, 2024 |

Bismah’s commitment to the game was unwavering, even during challenging times. She faced fitness issues in 2020 and later took a break after giving birth to her baby girl in August 2021. Remarkably, she became the first Pakistani woman cricketer to avail a 12-month maternity leave with pay policy. Her dedication to both motherhood and cricket exemplified her resilience.

Record-Breaking Performances

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Bismah’s numbers speak volumes. She represented Pakistan in a staggering 276 international matches, the most by any Pakistani woman cricketer. Her 6,262 international runsinclude 33 half-centuries, showcasing her consistency and ability to anchor innings. But she wasn’t just a batter; her 80 international wicketswith her right-arm leg-spin added another dimension to her game.

Asian Games Glory

Former Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof announces retirement

Bismah was part of the women’s team that clinched the Gold Medal twice in the Asian Games—first in 2010 and then in 2014. Her leadership skills were evident as she captained Pakistan in 96 international matches. She graced four editions of the ICC Women’s 50-over World Cup (in 2009, 2013, 2017, and 2022), leading the team in the 2022 edition held in New Zealand.

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T20 World Cup Journey

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In T20Is, Bismah featured in eight editions of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup between 2009and 2023. She led the side in the 2020 and 2023 editions, leaving an indelible mark on the shortest format of the game. Her contributions extended beyond the boundary ropes, fostering camaraderie with fellow players both on and off the field.


A Legacy Lives On

As we bid farewell to Bismah Maroof, we celebrate her legacy—a legacy that transcends boundaries, inspires young cricketers, and reminds us that passion knows no limits. Her impact on Pakistan women’s cricket will resonate for generations to come. Thank you, Bismah, for the memories, the milestones, and the magic you brought to the game.

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