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Cricket news - Bismah Maroof to lead Pakistan in T20Is, ODIs against Windies

Maroof had earlier stepped down from the post ahead of the T20 WC recently.

Bismah Maroof of Pakistan will lead in the upcoming T20I series and the three-match series of the ICC women's ODI championship against the West Indies, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Friday (25. January). Maroof was Pakistan's regular captain, but resigned from the post before the T20 world Cup last year after recovering from a sinus surgery and played the tournament under Javeria Khan the captain's armband.

A four-member Committee under the leadership of former men's Test cricketer Jalaluddin 14-man squad for the two series will be announced. The other members of the Committee were Asmavia Iqbal (former player), Mark Coles (women's national coach), and Maroof.

Pakistan the women take on the Windies side in three T20Is in Karachi, what is a major boost for the PCB's efforts to revive international cricket in the country. The two sides then travel to Dubai for three ODIs on February 7, 9 and 11.

"It is always a privilege to be appointed captain of your country," said Maroof, 98 ODIs and 92 T20Is under the belt line. "But to be named captain in a home series against a tough side like the West Indies, international cricket makes a steady return to Pakistan, is a huge honor. We have a good team, a Team that has matured and flourished in the last few months. I am sure that we are strong benefits on both formats.

"I thank you women of the West Indies cricket team for agreeing to visit Karachi. This visit will help you see and understand the passion for cricket in Pakistan. We have good friends in the West Indies women's team, and this relationship and respect."

Maroof Me is to look in the direction of Sana, the senior most member of the side and the number one ranked bowler in the ICC ODI rankings for women, for leadership in what promises to be a challenging series for the home side. The Windies women will play a series in Pakistan after nearly 15 years. They were not the last to visit the Asian side of the country in the year 2004. During the tour, they played a Test -which ended in a draw, and a seven-match ODI series, which they won comprehensively with a 2-5 edge.

"This is a very emotional series, it is said," to Me. "We are not only the West Indies women cricket team in Karachi to celebrate, but also due to the fact Sharmeen Khan, one of the pioneers of women's cricket in Pakistan remember, unfortunately passed away late last month. The thoughts and prayers of the entire page are with the family and friends of Sharmeen Khan.

"The T20I series against a top country like the West Indies is a Chance for the young women cricketers, as well as the parents to bring their children and help them fall in love with this game. The quality of the cricket will be good, and I am confident that all spectators have a good time."

T20I squad: Bismah Maroof (C), Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Diana Baig, Irum Javed, Javeria Khan Nashra Sandhu, Natalia Pervaiz, Nida Dar, Sana Me, Sidra Amin, Sidra Nawaz (WK), Omaima Sohail

ODI squad: Bismah Maroof (C), Aiman Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Diana Baig, Javeria Khan, Kainat Imtiaz, Nahida Khan, Nashra Sandhu, Nida, Saba Nazir, Sana Me, Sidra Amin, Sidra Nawaz (WK), Omaima Sohail

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