Abtaha Maqsood, the daughter of Pakistani immigrants in Scotland, made headlines on Friday when she made her debut with Birmingham Phoenix in The Women’s Hundred against London Spirit at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
The 22-year-old leg-spinner, who has a T20I average of just 10.84 with the ball, was a last-minute entry into the tournament.
Maqsood contributed with the ball in the second innings, delivering five balls and conceding seven runs after Birmingham Phoenix recorded a total of 128/6 in their allotted 100 balls. The London Spirit won the match by three wickets, chasing down the target with four balls remaining.
Despite her team’s defeat, Maqsood was praised on social media for setting an example for other Muslim women interested in making a career out of sports. Maqsood, a black belt in Taekwondo, was also a flag-bearer at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and has previously been interviewed by the BBC and Sky Sports.
Abtaha Maqsood the 22 year-old leg-spinner who was playing for Birmingham Phoenix today. She could turn out to be a huge inspiration for Muslim women to take up cricket in future #TheHundred pic.twitter.com/LvGOT0rYcQ
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 23, 2021
Maqsood began her cricket career at Pollock Cricket Club in Glasgow when she was eleven years old, having previously trained with her brother.
She made her senior Scotland debut at the juvenile age of 14 after earning her U17 debut at the age of 12. She has established herself as a top bowling option over the years, with 19 wickets in 14 T20I innings and a best of 3/8.
When she played for Scotland between 2012 and 2017, she was partners with England leg-spinner Kirstie Gordon.