Karachi : Pakistan top-order batter Bismah Maroof, who recently became mother, on Tuesday confirmed her availability for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022.
The 30-year-old will participate in warm-up matches to be held in Karachi as part of Pakistan’s selection and preparation for the showpiece event that will take place from March 4 to April 3 2022 in New Zealand.
“The past few months have been the best of my life. Becoming a mother and spending time with my daughter has given me immense pleasure, but it is now time to return to my passion of representing Pakistan at an international stage,” said Maroof on her return.
“Thanks to the PCB Parental Support Policy, which has greatly facilitated my return to cricket, I can now resume my ambitions and aspirations of playing for Pakistan and hope to make a useful contribution in our target of doing well in New Zealand.”
Maroof was on her maternity leave since December 2020 and gave birth to a baby girl in August 2021. She has already been re-integrated into cricketing activities and has resumed fitness sessions as part of her post-childbirth rehabilitation at the National High Performance Centre.
She is one of the 36 probables who will feature in a seven-match tri-series at the Hanif Mohammad High Performance Centre from January 10 to 19 next year.
The players will be split into two squads and will be joined by a local boys’ side with the New Zealand-bound squad to be named on January 25.