Maroof: ‘India have gained confidence because of opportunities to play in other leagues’

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Pakistan’s captain Bismah Maroof believes India’s batters have benefited immensely from regularly playing in overseas competitions, something its players have not been able to do.

“Indian players and batters have developed and gained confidence thanks to the opportunities to play in the leagues, which is not the case with our players,” Maof said after Pakistan’s eight-wicket defeat that left them on the brink of elimination in the league. the Commonwealth Games. . “Once our players get more such opportunities, they will develop well and gain confidence.”

While Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Poonam Yadav, Richa Ghosh, Radha Yadav and Deepti Sharma were part of the Women’s Big Bash League in 2021-22, Harmanpreet and Pooja Vastrakar will be part of the upcoming season. Mandhana, Harmanpreet, Rodrigues, Shafali and Deepti were also part of the inaugural season of the Hundred last year and Rodrigues will continue with Northern Supercharges next season.

On the other hand, in 2019-20, Nida Dar was the first – and to date only – player from Pakistan to play in the WBBL while none of the players were involved in the Hundred. Maof was part of the FairBreak Invitational Tournament earlier this year along with other Pakistani teammates Aliya Riaz, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana and former captain Sana Mir, who has retired from international cricket.

“We play mix-and-match” [style of cricket] because that’s the team’s requirement,” Maof said of Pakistan’s approach that relies less on power-hitting. “You have to play the anchor and stay in the middle, but the power-hitters we rely on can do things not perform for us. That’s an area to work on.”

Maof was hoping for a women’s PSL, something PCB chairman Ramiz Raja has proposed, to help Pakistan in that area. “We expect [the women’s PSL to be launched] next year that’s the plan. Hopefully it will become a reality and help our banking power.”
At the Women’s World Cup earlier this year, Maof’s toddler, Fatima, was a darling for photographers and players alike. She was often seen as the bridge between the teams, as players liked to have their picture taken with her. Prior to the Games, Maof’s participation was questionable after her daughter was denied accreditation. But the PCB fought her case and Maof’s mother also traveled to care for Fatima.

“It was important to me to have her around because I couldn’t have left her at home,” Maof said when asked if Fatima enjoys being in the CWG Village. “Credit to PCB for fighting the case and am very grateful to the board for granting permission. Whenever Fatima meets players from another team, she (also) enjoys it very much.

“[It is] difficult to manage. But I would like to play and serve and lead Pakistan is an honor. I focus on making time for that and with my mother nearby we share the task of taking care of her.”

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