Abtaha Maqsood, the daughter of Pakistani immigrants to Scotland, made headlines on Friday when she made her debut in The Women’s Hundred for Birmingham Phoenix in their opener against London Spirit in Edgbaston, Birmingham.
The 22-year-old leg spinner, who is averaging T20I with a ball of just 10.84, was a last-minute entry for the competition.
After Birmingham Phoenix posted a total of 128/6 in their allotted 100 balls, Maqsood played his part with the ball in the second inning, playing five balls and conceding seven runs. London Spirit ultimately won the contest by three wickets, chasing the target with four balls remaining.
Despite her team’s defeat, Maqsood has been hailed on social media for setting an example for other Muslim women who want to make sport their profession. Maqsood, who has a black belt in Taekwondo, was also a flag bearer at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and was interviewed by BBC and Air sports in the old days.
Abtaha Maqsood, the 22-year-old leg spinner who played for Birmingham Phoenix today. She could prove to be a great inspiration for Muslim women to take up cricket in the future. #TheCent pic.twitter.com/LvGOT0rYcQ
– Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 23, 2021
The story of the day! Abtaha Maqsood plays for Birmingham Phoenix #TheCent https://t.co/UHV9yvX6Sw
– zainab abbas (@ZabbasOfficial) July 23, 2021
– Aatif Nawaz (@AatifNawaz) July 23, 2021
Maqsood began her cricket history at the age of eleven at Pollock Cricket Club in Glasgow, before which she trained with her brother.
After making her Under-17 debut at the age of 12, she made her debut in the Scottish senior squad at the age of 14. Over the years, it has established itself as one of the best bowling options, winning 19 wickets in 14 3/8 innings.
She was a teammate with English spinner Kirstie Gordon when she played for Scotland between 2012 and 2017.