Pakistan women’s team skipper Bismah Maroof and her family will be residing at the Commonwealth Games town in Birmingham, England in July so she can be with her newborn child little girl during the occasion, the nation’s cricket board said on Tuesday.
The Commonwealth Games Federation drew fire after media reports said Maroof’s little girl had been denied certification, which would require the Pakistan batter to remain outside the Games town during the competition.
PCB Names 18-member Squad For Tri-series After Commonwealth Games
The PCB affirmed such a circumstance has been deflected and named an 18-member squad under Maroof for a tri-series in Belfast followed by the Games.
Pakistan faces T20 title holders Australia and hosts Ireland from July 16-24 and play Barbados, India, and Australia at the Games on July 29 and 31 and Aug. 3 respectively.
“I want to thank the Commonwealth Games for accepting our request to accommodate our captain Bismah Maroof’s family at the Games village which will allow her to focus on the task at hand without any worries about her young infant daughter,” PCB’s head of women cricket Tania Mallick said in a statement.
The PCB’s parental arrangement permits Maroof to go with her little girl and her mom as the guardian.
The 30-year-old had her family with her during the current year’s Women’s World Cup in New Zealand where Pakistan ended last among eight groups.
Chief Selector Asmavia Iqbal Backs Young Pakistani Women To Do Well
Pakistan held a similar side which blanked Sri Lanka 3-0 on Saturday
“Not only our senior cricketers in the side displayed great cricketing acumen also our youngsters were outstanding and have raised their hands whenever the team needed them to,” chief selector Asmavia Iqbal said.
“The tri-series in Ireland and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games will test the abilities of our players and I have all the belief in them that they will live up to the expectations and show consistent results.”
Cricket is getting back to the Commonwealth Games following 24-year nonattendance with a women’s Twenty20 competition.