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Bismah Maroof Announces Retirement From International Cricket

Pakistan star Bismah Maroof has announced her retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect on April 25, 2024. Bismah Maroof made her international debut as a 15-year-old in 2006, she took over the captaincy of the national team in T20Is in 2016 and ODIs a year later.

As captain, Maroof led Pakistan in 96 matches, including the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020 and 2023 as well as the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2022.

Recently, Bismah Maroof and Ghulam Fatima have suffered minor injuries after being involved in a car accident earlier this month. Within a month after the accident, Bismah Maroof announced her retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.

The Pakistani great took to social media to announce her retirement. The statement reads “I have decided to retire from the game I love the most. It has been an incredible journey, filled with challenges, victories, and unforgettable memories”.

“I want to express my gratitude to my family, who has supported me throughout my cricketing journey, from the very beginning until now. I also want to extend my thanks to the Pakistan Cricket Board for believing in me and providing the platform to showcase my talent.

The support from the PCB has been invaluable, particularly in implementing the first-ever parental policy for me, which enabled me to represent my country at the highest level while being a mother.

“I am deeply grateful to the fans whose unwavering support has been a constant throughout my career, wherever and whenever I represented my country. Lastly, I would like to thank my fellow players, who have become like family to me. The camaraderie we shared both on and off the field is something I will cherish forever.”

Bismah played her last ODI match on November 10, 2023 against Bangladesh while played her last T20I match against the same on 29 November 2023.

Even though she failed to register a century in international cricket, Bismah holds the record for most runs for Pakistan in both formats – 3369 in ODIs and 2893 in T20Is, and most fifties – 21 and 12 respectively.

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