Pakistan’s Bismah Maroof has been appointed as the captain of the ICC Women’s Global Development Squad. The squad which will play games against the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) teams, has women cricketers from 8 different countries such as Thailand, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Ireland and Indonesia.
The players from the development squad will also be a part of different WBBL teams in the later part of the year. Exposure to cricket at the highest level is the aim of this programme with players from cricket developing nations getting a chance to play with some of the experienced players of Australia and other cricket leading countries.
As reported by ICC, Bismah Maroof, who currently captains the T20 team of Pakistan, will lead the 13-member squad for the 6 T20 matches to be held in Australia. Maroof is a seasoned cricketer who has represented her country in over 100 T20Is and has evolved as a dependable batter who can build partnerships in the middle.
Here’s the complete Women’s Global Development Squad :
Bismah Maroof (captain, Pakistan), Rumana Ahmed, Nigar Sultana Joty (Bangladesh), Ni Made Putri Suwandewi (Indonesia), Lara Martiz (Ireland), Hannah Rowe (New Zealand), Kaia Arua, Tanya Ruma (Papua New Guinea), Katie McGill, Sarah Bryce (Scotland), Sornnarin Tippoch, Suleeporn Laomi, Naruemol Chaiwai (Thailand)
Head Coach : Sean Trouw (Netherlands)
Assistant Coach : Peter Ross (Scotland)
Match Schedule :
9 October: WGDS v Melbourne Renegades/Melbourne Stars Combined XI
10 October: WGDS v Strikers; WGDS v Melbourne Renegades/Melbourne Stars Combined XI
11 October: WGDS v Adelaide Strikers
13 October: WGDS v Hobart Hurricanes/Tasmanian Tigers Combined XI
14 October: WGDS v Hobart Hurricanes/Tasmanian Tigers Combined XI