LAHORE: Just one day before Pakistan’s women’s cricket team declared their trip to South Africa next month, Captain Bismah Maroof retired from the tour and left the Karachi training camp for family reasons.
On Thursday, Urooj Mumtaz, who plays the dual position of chief selector and head of the women’s wing, is to announce the 17-member squad for the tour. In lieu of Bismah, 29, the new captain will also be revealed on Thursday.
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She had been attending the Karachi camp since Dec. 20.
“Due to family reasons, Pakistan’s national women’s team captain Bismah Maroof has withdrawn from next month’s tour to South Africa,” a PCB press release released on Wednesday said. “Since December 20, Bismah had been involved in the Karachi training camp before returning to Lahore on Wednesday to rejoin her family.”
Commenting on the development, Urooj said, “Bismah approached us with a request to be exempted for family reasons from next month’s South Africa tour, which we accepted.” Obviously, she was sad that she skipped the show, but the family still had to come first.
Urooj said, “When we announce the 17-player squad on Thursday, we will also name the stand-in captain for the South Africa tour, which includes three ODIs and three T20Is.”