Abtaha Maqsood, daughter of Pakistani immigrants in Scotland, stole headlines Friday when she made her 100 Women debut for Birmingham Phoenix in their first match against London Spirit in Edgbaston, Birmingham.
The 22-year-old spinner, who boasts a T20I average with a ball of just 10.84, signed up for the competition at the last minute.
After Birmingham Phoenix dispatched a total of 128/6 of their 100 goals, Maqsood played her part with the ball in the second innings, hitting five goals and conceding seven runs. London Spirit ultimately won the match with three wickets, chasing the goal with four balls remaining.
Despite the defeat of her team, on social media, Maqsood has been cited as an example for other Muslim women who want to make sport their profession. Maqsood, a black belt in taekwondo, was also a standard bearer at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and was interviewed. BBC and Sky sports in past.
Abtaha Maksud, a 22-year-old spinner who played for Birmingham Phoenix today. She can be a huge inspiration for Muslim women who want to take up cricket in the future. # A hundred pic.twitter.com/LvGOT0rYcQ
– Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) Jul 23, 2021
– Zainab Abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) Jul 23, 2021
– Aatif Nawaz (@AatifNawaz) Jul 23, 2021
Maqsood began her cricket history at the age of eleven at the Pollock Cricket Club in Glasgow, before which she trained with her brother.
Debuting at the age of 17 at the age of 12, she burst into Scotland’s senior team at the tender age of 14. She has established herself as the best bowling player over the years, collecting 19 wickets in 14 T20I innings with the best score. from 3/8.
She used to be teammates with England spinner Kirsty Gordon when she played for Scotland between 2012 and 2017.