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Bismah Maroof
T20 World Cup

Bismah Maroof ruled out of T20 World Cup with fractured thumb

Pakistan news

Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof will play no further part in the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020 after sustaining the injury during her side's loss to England.

Maroof broke her thumb while attempting a scoop shot off the bowling of Katherine Brunt, only to be caught behind after having the ball strike her hand. 

Maroof was crucial in Pakistan's eight-wicket victory over West Indies in their first game of the tournament, top-scoring with an unbeaten 38. Her replacement as captain, Javeria Khan, also scored runs in that game, 35 to be precise, though both stuggled during the heavy defeat to England.

Nahida Khan has played for Pakistan in the last four editions of the T20 World Cup, but has scored only 114 runs from 12 innings in the competition
Nahida Khan has played for Pakistan in the last four editions of the T20 World Cup, but has scored only 114 runs from 12 innings in the competition

Nahida Khan, who will replace Maroof in the 15-player squad, last played a T20I in December 2019, when Pakistan played a three-match series against England in Malyasia. The right-handed opener will be looking to improve on her returns from that series if she gets the chance in Australia, having mustered just 15 runs from three innings.

The 33-year-old has however enjoyed considerable recent success in ODIs, having scored 230 runs in her last five innings in the format, including a fifty against England.

Pakistan's next opponents are South Africa, whom they play on Sunday, 1 March in Sydney, before taking on Thailand in their final group game two days later. Should they win both matches it appears likely that net run rate will decide who progresses to the semi-final.

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