Scottish cricketer Abtaha Maqsood recently made her debut in the women’s division of ‘The Hundred’ tournament. Turning up for Birmingham Phoenix in the tournament, she raised worldwide praise for setting an example to all the women cricketers around the world.
Although the team lost, she garnered worldwide praise for her head-turning performance. Birmingham Phoenix posted 128/6 in 100 balls. London Spirit successfully chased the target in with four balls left to spare, winning the game by three wickets. While in her advent of restraining the team, Abtaha bowled five balls, conceding seven runs.
“I think being a young Muslim woman, wearing a hijab and playing The Hundred at such a high level, will hopefully inspire quite a few other Muslim girls,” Abtaha said in an interview ahead of the game.
Abtaha Maqsood was a last-minute registration. She has represented Scotland in 14 T20 international matches. She bowled a 5-ball spell and conceded 7 runs, including a four.
Abtaha Maqsood is a Muslim cricketer and is the daughter of Pakistani immigrants. She played for the Scotland women’s national cricket team in the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier in February 2017. She scalped 19 wickets in 14 matches with her best figures of 3-8. The 22-year old has represented the national under-17 side when she was only 12 years old.
She rose through the ranks pretty quickly and went onto become a regular in the Scotland national cricket team. Abtaha has picked up 19 wickets in the shortest format of the game at an impressive average of just 10.84.
“Glasgow-born Abtaha is one of Scotland’s most promising leg-spinners. After playing club cricket for just four months, in October 2012, Abtaha was called up to train with the Scotland Women’s Under 17s team,” Scotland Cricket’s website states.
Additionally, Abtaha is also a black belt in Taekwondo was Scotland’s flag bearer during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
In May 2019, she was named in Scotland’s squad for the 2019 ICC Women’s Qualifier Europe tournament in Spain. Ahead of the start of the Hundred Tournament, she was signed by Birmingham Phoenix.