Images of Bismah Maroof and her daughter with Team India went viral during the 2022 Women’s World Cup.© Twitter
The daughter of Pakistani women’s cricket team Bismah Maroof, Fatima, was denied entry to the Commonwealth Games village in Birmingham. Maof previously discussed her participation in the CWG, which will be held in Birmingham from July 25 to August 8. But according to ESPNCricinfo, she will be traveling for the games, with her daughter and mother, who will take care of Fatima, at a hotel outside the village.
It is learned that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has asked the CWG federation to provide two additional accommodations for Maroof’s mother and daughter in the village. Federation responded by asking PCB to remove two personnel from its 22-strong traveling contingent, including officials. To this, PCB stated that it was not in a position to remove players and officials from their touring side.
Maof recently traveled to New Zealand with her daughter and mother during the 2022 Women’s Football World Cup. PCB maternity policy allows a mother to “travel with an attendant of her choice to help care for her baby”, with the journey – and subsistence expenses are shared equally between the board and the player.
“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,” Maof said previously.
“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. 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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