New Delhi: The Hundred, a 100-ball cricket tournament in England, is becoming quite popular. It started on 21 July 2021. Here most of the players are sharing fame because of their game. Meanwhile, Abtaha Maqsood of Scotland has caught everyone’s attention for different reasons.
In the match played between Birmingham Phoenix and London Spirit, Abtaha Maqsood came to bowl wearing a hijab and became an example for many people. Soon his pictures became viral on social media.
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
Abtaha bowled 5 balls
Batting first, Birmingham Phoenix scored 128 runs in 100 balls for the loss of 6 wickets. In response, London Spirit completed 132 runs in 96 balls and won by 3 wickets. From Birmingham, Abtaha Maqsood bowled 5 balls and gave 7 runs in this match, he did not take a single wicket.
Black Belt in Taekwondo
Abtaha Maqsood of Scotland had registered for The Hundred tournament in the last moments. He has played 18 T20 Internationals so far and has taken 23 wickets at an average of 12.82. He is a black belt in Taekwondo.
— ICC (@ICC) July 7, 2018
Interested in cricket at the age of 11
Abtaha Maqsood has been the flag bearer of her country in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. Abtaha made cricket his career at the age of just 11. He got coaching for this game from Pollock Cricket Academy.
— Aatif Nawaz (@AatifNawaz) July 23, 2021
‘I was afraid to come in front wearing a hijab’
Abtaha Maqsood said in an interview given to the BBC, this is very important, when I was younger I did not see any Muslim athlete wearing a hijab. I was scared to enter the hall for the first time because people will only see me, but after some time you get used to it. I am excited to play cricket wearing the hijab on such a grand scale. People and young girls who wear their own reckoning will be able to see me.