Commonwealth Games Federation allows Bismah to stay with daughter


Commonwealth Games Federation was greeted with a lot of flak after it didn’t allow Maroof’s daughter and mother to travel with the cricketer. However, the PCB confirmed that the federation changed its decision.

Pakistan women’s team captain Bismah Maroof and her family will be accommodated at the Com-monwealth Games village in Birmingham, England in July so she can be with her infant daughter during the event, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Tuesday.

The Commonwealth Games Federation drew flak after media reports said Maroof’s daughter had been denied accreditation, which would require the Paki-stan batter to stay outside the Games village during the tournament.

The PCB confirmed such a situation has been averted and named an 18-member squad under Ma-roof for a tri-series in Belfast followed by the Games.

Pakistan face T20 world champions Australia and hosts Ireland from July 16-24 and play Barba-dos, India and Australia at the Games on July 29 and 31 and August 3, respectively.

“I want to thank the Commonwealth Games for accepting our request to accommodate our captain Bismah Maroof’s family at the Games village which will allow her to focus on the task at hand without any worries about her young infant daughter,” PCB’s head of women cricket Tania Mallick said in a statement.

The PCB’s parental policy allows Maroof to travel with her daughter and her mother as the care-giver.

The 30-year-old had her family with her during this year’s Women’s World Cup in New Zealand where Pakistan finished last among eight teams.

Pakistan retained the same side which blanked Sri Lanka 3-0 on Saturday.—APP