Iqbal Imam appointed coach, Bismah Maroof given leadership role until T20 World Cup 2020
Bismah Maroof has been entrusted with leadership duties and will continue to spearhead the women's team until T20 World Cup 2020. Also, Iqbal Imam, who was the interim coach after the resignation of New Zealand's Mark Coles, has been given a go-ahead to coach till the end of marquee tournament.
“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,” said Bismah.
“There’s a great potential in the side to do wonders and I aim to bring the best out of them,” remarked Iqbal Imam.
The Women's World Cup will be up and running from February 21 and run till March 8.
Bismah has a lot of international cricket experience under her belt and has been the mainstay of the team for many years now. She has represented Pakistan in 105 ODIs, 103 T20Is and has led the Twenty20 national team in 2016 during England tour.
“The team is in good shape and has produced some good performances recently. There’s a great deal of talent and passion in the girls and I look forward to carrying the momentum to the World Cup," added Bismah.
She took the ODI reins after 2017 World Cup and has been in charge for 15 ODIs and 33 T20Is till date. Iqbal Imam has featured in 147-first class matches, amassed 6,249 runs and bagged 136 wickets.
Urooj Mumtaz, chief selector for the Pakistan national women’s team, said: “I congratulate Bismah Maroof and Iqbal Imam on their appointments.
“It is the dream of every cricketer to lead their nation in a world event and I am certain that Bismah is a good fit for the job. She has been at the helm for some years and she has grown as a leader.
“There has been a significant improvement in the performances of the women’s side of-late and her vast experience of international cricket is certainly going to benefit the team.”
Iqbal Imam was delighted after being promoted to head coach role and is hoping the side will build on the success of the triumph against Bangladesh in the recently concluded series.
“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," added Iqbal.
“There’s a great potential in the side to do wonders and I aim to bring the best out of them.”
Bismah and Iqbal have put in the hard yards - Wasim Khan
Wasim Khan has high expectations from the new appointments and reckons they are suitable candidates for the assigned roles.
“Bismah Maroof and Iqbal Imam have put in the hard yards to be where they are today and I am very confident that the national women’s team will thrive under them.
“Iqbal has been with the team since April and he understands the demands of the job. He has the desired skillset and was right up there amongst the candidates who applied for the job.
“The Pakistan team showed improvements in their T20I and ODI series against Bangladesh under him and I hope that he will be able to carry forward the momentum gained from them.”
Pakistan national women’s cricket will lock horns with England for a five-match ODIs series in Malaysia starting from December 9 and their next assignment will be T20 World Cup where they will play their first match against West Indies on February 26 at Manuka Oval, Canberra.