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Pakistan Women's team captain Bismah Maroof is upbeat about Bangladesh series
Bangladesh Women in Pakistan 2019

Pakistan Women's team captain Bismah Maroof is upbeat about Bangladesh series

Bangladesh has arrived in Pakistan for the three-match T20I series that will be followed by two ODIs. The T20Is will begin on Saturday, October 26 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. 

"We are very excited that Bangladesh has come to Pakistan as we need a revival of international cricket and there will be exciting cricket for sure in this series" Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof said while addressing the media.

"Bangladesh are the Asia Cup Champions and have been improving a lot. We will focus on our strength and won't take them lightly at all" Bismah said.

"It's good news that Nida Dar is playing at a big platform. I think the exposure and experience she will get there [Women's Big Bash League] will be helpful for us. For me, the country comes first but the decision regarding Nida is taken by the board" Bismah responded to a question pertaining to Nida Dar's unavailability for the series.

While reflecting on her experience of working with former head coach Mark Coles - who resigned a couple of weeks ago citing family reasons - Bismah said: "We had a great time with Mark and learned under his supervision, we are continuously trying to improve all facets of the game. Mark took us out of the comfort zone that helped us improve our performance."  

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Bismah is happy with the progress of the team over the years.

"Our team is improving and the more matches we get, it will further increase our competitiveness."

"We miss playing in front of our home crowds and friends but we are hopeful that more teams will visit Pakistan in the near future," Bismah remarked.

When asked about Sidra Nawaz's poor run as a wicket-keeper batsman, Bismah said: "We don't have enough talent and enough backup wicket-keepers. Although, Najiha Alvi is part of our plans but we want to bring domestic players through a pathway and can't quickly integrate them in the national setup."

Pakistan Women's team chief selector Urooj Mumtaz is happy with the balance of the squad.

"We are delighted to host the Bangladesh team and look forward to an exciting series. It is the first international assignment for the team since the tour to South Africa in June. The team is a very good blend of experience and young exciting players" Urooj explained.

Pakistan's T20I Squad 

Bismah Maroof (captain), Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Ayesha Zafar, Diana Baig, Iram Javed, Javeria Khan, Kainat Imtiaz, Nahida Khan, Omaima Sohail, Saba Nazir, Sadia Iqbal, Sana Mir, Sidra Amin and Sidra Nawaz.