Abtaha Maqsood: The hijabi Girl who broke all the Stereotypes on her Debut in the Hundred Tournament
The Hundred ball tournament has grabbed the attention of cricket fans & pundits across the Globe. But the major limelight of the Hundred tournament is the Scotland Spinner Abtaha Maqsood, who set an example on her debut for Birmingham Phoenix in their opener match against London Spirit at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
The daughter of Pakistani immigrants, 22-year-old Abtaha Maqsood got all the heads turned around when she bowled for Birmingham Phoenix by wearing a hijab, setting an example for other Muslim girls to take up sports & excel in it.
Shedding some light on the opener clash of Birmingham Phoenix against London Spirit at Edgbaston, batting first, Birmingham Phoenix posted a total of 128/6 in their allotted 100 balls. Abtaha came into action with the ball during the second innings, bowling five balls & conceding just seven runs. Abtaha Maqsood came in as a sixth bowler for Birmingham Phoenix after 40 balls were already bowled in the innings. Smashed for a four by Deepti Sharma, Abtaha was quick to gain her composure by conceding just seven runs in five-balls bowled. However, London Spirit won that contest by three wickets after chasing the target with four balls to spare.
Despite Birmingham Phoenix lost the clash, Abtaha Maqsood was applauded on social media for breaking all the odds & setting an example for other Muslim girls to take up sports as a career & achieve laurels in it.
Abataha Maqsood Profile:
Full name: Abtaha Mahin Maqsood
Born: June 11, 1999, Glasgow
Current age: 22 Years, 1 Month, 18 Days
Major Teams: Scotland Women, Birmingham Phoenix Women,
Abtaha Maqsood Career:
Abtaha Maqsood Biography:
Abtaha who is studying dentistry is a leg-spinner in Scotland’s National Women’s team. She has played 18 matches so far grabbing 23 wickets at an average of 12.82. Not only in cricket she has made her mark in other sports also. Abtaha is a black belt winner in Taekwondo and was also a flag-bearer at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.
She has started her cricketing career at the tender age of eleven in Pollock Cricket Club, Glasgow. Before joining the club she used to play cricket with her brother. She made her debut for Scotland’s U-17 team at the young age of 12. She entered the senior Scotland team at the tender age of 14 & over the years she has established herself as one of the top bowlers for the Scotland team.
She was teammates with England’s leg-spinner, Kirstie Gordon, when she used to play for Scotland between 2012 and 2017. Abtaha Maqsood put her first step in International cricket by playing in the Hundred tournament for Birmingham Phoenix. She made a last-minute registration into the 100 ball tournament after being prompted by her Scotland teammate and vice-captain Sarah Bryce, who motivated her to give it a try.
Abtaha Maqsood’s view on Playing Sports by Wearing a Hijab.
Abtaha feels that a chance to play in an international tournament like the hundred is very crucial for budding cricketers. It’s a special opportunity for young women cricketers to showcase their talent & make a mark in World Cricket.
According to Abtaha, it’s very important for young Muslim girls to understand that wearing a Hijab & playing sports is not taboo. It’s high time that Muslim girls should take up sports & make their presence felt at the international forefront.
Speaking about her debut in the hundred tournament in an interview with the BBC, Abtaha Maqsood said, “It’s super important – when I was younger I never really saw a Muslim athlete who wore the hijab. It was daunting for me to walk into that hall for the very first time. I was scared, obviously, people were going to look at me and stare but you just kind of get used to it after a wee while. That is one thing that I am genuinely excited about; playing cricket at a high level and wearing the hijab and making sure that people see that and young girls who also wear the hijab see that.”
Abtaha Maqsood is truly an inspiration for young Muslim girls who aspire to become successful cricketers. She makes us believe that ‘hijab is never a hindrance in achieving your dreams. We can become successful in any field of Interest if we work dedicatedly towards it.