Abtaha Maqsood – the daughter of Pakistani immigrants in Scotland made history by becoming England’s first hijab-wearing cricketer as she made her debut on Friday. She played The Women’s Hundred for Birmingham Phoenix in their opener against London Spirit at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
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Maqsood said she wanted to pursue cricket to inspire other Muslm girls – who might feel restricted due to religious and cultural barriers – to come forward and follow their dreams just like her.
The 22-year-old, whose parents are originally from Lahore, is a leg spinner for Birmingham Phoenix, and she boasts at a T20I average of 10.84 with the ball. She was born on a momentous day in Scotland on June 11, 1999. This is the day when Pakistan knocked out Zimbabwe to qualify for the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup that was played in England and Scotland.
She’s playing for her team in the new short format 200-ball cricket tournament “The Hundred” in England. Abtaha was 11 years old when she officially started to pursue her passion for cricket as she joined her local cricket club “Poloc.” Four months later, she was selected to represent Scotland’s under-17 squad against Ireland in a T20 tournament.
Even though hear team lost the tournament against London Spirits, Abtaha Maqsood was lauded by netizens for setting a precedent for other Muslim girls to take up cricket as their profession.
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