The Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Wednesday that Bisma Maruf has resigned as the captain of the Pakistan women’s national team but will remain available for selection as a player.
Basma was named Pakistan’s all-format captain in September 2017 and has the best win/loss ratio among all regulars, leading the country in ODIs (1.000) and T20 Internationals (0.843).
Under his captaincy, the Pakistan ODI team played 34 matches and won 16, while the T20 team won 27 out of 62 matches, the PCB said in a statement released today.
Bisma said on Twitter that there is no greater honor for me than leading the Pakistan team.
“Now, I think it’s the right time for a change and an opportunity to develop a young captain. I will always be there to help, guide and support the team and the young captain in every way.”
Separately, the PCB statement quoted her as saying that captaining the Pakistan women’s cricket team had been an “exhilarating ride” for her, with both highs and lows.
“But at the end of the day, I will always be grateful to God Almighty for giving me this opportunity.
She said, “With the new ICC Women’s Championship cycle in its early stages and the 2024 T20 World Cup more than a year away, I feel it is the right time for me to step down and help so that our Have an easy transition.”
Basma added that she is looking forward to continue “doing her part for the team”.
Commenting on the development, PCB Management Committee Chairperson Najam Sethi congratulated Bisma and thanked her for her service as the captain of the national women’s team.
“Basma has been an inspiration to millions of girls and a catalyst for positive change. Through her immense dedication and hard work, she has shown that women can continue to follow their passions and dreams,” he said. .
Sethi added that Bisma’s presence in Pakistan’s dressing room will be an inspiration to young cricketers.
“She will continue to serve Pakistan with honor and pride as she has been doing since she was a teenager,” he added.
The PCB has said that Bisma’s replacement will be announced at the appropriate time.