Scottish Muslim Cricketer Breaks Stereotypes by Playing in a Hijab

Scotland’s Muslim leg-spinner, Abtaha Maqsood, stole the spotlight in her debut match representing Birmingham Pheonix in the Women’s category of the newly introduced franchise cricket league, The Hundred.

The 22-years-old leg-spinner broke stereotypes by bowling in a Hijab and setting an example for other Muslim women to not shy away from the sport due to their religious beliefs.


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Abtaha came to bowl as the sixth bowler during the second innings, when her team was fighting to defend a modest total of 128/6 against London Spirit. She conceded only seven runs in five balls.

Despite London Spirit (Women) winning the match by 3 wickets, Abtaha became the talk of the town for her performance and her confidence.


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Here is what people had to say on social media about this youngster:

People also appreciated the level of diversity and inclusion in the cricket league.

Social media users called the youngster an inspiration for other young girls, which she surely is.