Pakistan skipper Bismah Maroof is aware of the pressure of playing against arch-rivals India in the Women's ODI World Cup opener against India.

Pakistan skipper Bismah Maroof is aware of the pressure of playing against arch-rivals India in the Women’s ODI World Cup opener against India in March. She wants the much-awaited contest to inspire girls across the border to make a career in cricket.

The Women in Blue are set to face Women in Green in their opener of the World Cup on March 6 at Tauranga, New Zealand. The global event will take place from March 4 to April 3 across six cities in New Zealand.

“Pakistan vs India is a big platform for any player to eastablish her career. But at the end of the day, it is a game that has to be won by playing smart cricket,” Maroof, who is making a comeback after motherhood, told PTI Bhasha.

“The upcoming match can inspire millions of girls in Pakistan and India to take up cricket as a career option. It is the biggest rivalry, which is watched by millions. I hope girls from both countries will watch this match and will get inspired to play the game in future,” said the 30-year old, who has represented Pakistan is more than 200 international matches.

She lauded the Mithali Raj-led Indian team, but she is confident of her team’s chances.

“The Indian team has good players, who have performed well in the recent times. Our aim is to reach the semis of the event, which we haven’t done before. I believe our team can achieve the target.”

She is ready to lead from the front. “Being the senior player and captain of the team, I am ready to lead from the front.If you are not doing the right things, you can’t expect same from other girls. My aim is to make it to the top four.”

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