Pakistan women’s cricket team captain Bismah Maroof has decided not to skip the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, despite organizers refusing her daughter and nanny to enter the Games village. A source in the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed that it had been decided that Bismah will play in the Commonwealth Games and that her baby and nanny will stay in a hotel or residence outside the village.
“The baby and nanny will travel to Birmingham for the games but will not stay with her in the village as the organizers have not given permission as they do not have parental policies,” he said.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has agreed to share travel, accommodation and boarding costs with Bismah in accordance with its parental support policy.
The board also shared 50 percent of the ticket price for Bismah’s mother and baby, who accompanied her to the ICC Women’s World Cup in New Zealand.
But during the World Cup, Bismah was allowed to have her baby and mother with her in her hotel room, because the ICC rules allowed it.
The PCB, meanwhile, also retained Bismah as captain of the white ball teams for the 2022/23 season.
Pakistan has an action packed season in which they will play at least 25 matches with the ACC Women’s T20 Asia Cup and ICC Women’s T20 World Cup schedules yet to be announced.
Pakistan’s season kicks off with Sri Lanka hosting three T20Is and three ODIs in Karachi in what will be the first of ICC Women’s Championship matches to be held in Pakistan later this month.
Bismah’s team will then head to Belfast to play host Ireland and champions Australia in a T20I triangular series from 12 to 24 July, before moving to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games to be held from 25 July to 8 August.
Bismah, the top player in the Pakistan women’s team, thanked the PCB for its continued support.
“I would like to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board for its tremendous support throughout my career and especially for helping me find the right work-life balance after the birth of Fatima,” she said.
“There was a time when I considered giving up my passion for cricket, but the PCB made sure it never got to that point with the introduction of maternity policies, making the game as inclusive as it can get for the women in our community. country.
“I would also like to thank my family and especially my husband, Abrar, who has been a great support throughout my career and encouraged me to keep playing for Pakistan.”
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