Ireland’s leg spinner Abtaha Maqsood proved that wearing a hijab is never an obstacle in fulfilling your dreams! Representing the Birmingham Phoenix squad in the Hundred tournament, Abtaha played a match by wearing a hijab. The 22-year-old Abtaha Maqsood of the Birmingham Phoenix squad is hailed for setting an example for other Muslim girls who desire to make a mark in sports.
Abtaha registered for the competition at the last minute & has entered the competition on grounds of her International experience. She has played 14 T20I matches for Ireland’s national squad. She registered for the competition at the last moment & bowled a short spell of five balls conceding just seven runs. Abtaha Maqsood’s first delivery was hit for a boundary by London Spirit’s Deepti Sharma
Birmingham Phoenix was defending a target of 129, which the London Spirit was able to chase with four balls to spare at Edgbaston.
Abtaha Maqsood Career Highlights:
Born to Pakistani immigrants, Abtaha Maqsood made her debut for Scotland’s national team at a very young age. The leg spinner represented Scotland’s national U-17 team when she was just 12 years old. She then became a regular player for Scotland by displaying a spell-bounding performance with the ball. Abtaha scalped 19 wickets in the T20 format at an average of 10.41. Abtaha was also a part of the Scotland team which played the 2017 Women’s World Cup Qualifier.
“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.
Not only in Cricket but also in other sports Abtaha has successfully made her mark. She has been a black belt holder in Taekwondo and was Scotland’s flag bearer during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
She balanced her cricketing career which started at the tender age of 11 at the Pollock Cricket Club while practicing Dentistry as a side profession. Abtaha Masqood will be next seen into action in Birmingham Phoenix’s next clash against Manchester Originals slated to be played at the Old Trafford on Sunday.