Bismah, Iqbal retained as skipper, coach till ICC Women’s T20 World Cup

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LAHORE: Bismah Maroof has been retained as women skipper and Iqbal Imam has been appointed as the head coach of Pakistan women’s team until next year’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, which will be held in Australia from February 21 to March 8.

Bismah, the 28-year-old veteran of 105 ODIs and 103 T20Is, was first appointed as Pakistan captain in the T20I format in 2016 for the tour of England, before taking over as ODI captain post-ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. To date, she has led Pakistan in 15 ODIs and 33 T20Is.

Bismah Maroof said: “It is truly an honour for me to be continuing as Pakistan’s captain and I look forward to leading the side in the next year’s T20 World Cup.”

Iqbal Imam, expressing his delight at the announcement, said: “It is certainly an honour for me to be appointed as a head coach for the women’s side.”

“Women’s cricket in Pakistan is improving day-by-day and we have a lot of talented girls emerging. Our team has gotten off to a decent start this season by beat Bangladesh in T20I series and levelling the ODI series. There’s a great potential in the side to do wonders and I aim to bring the best out of them,” he added.