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Not every girl does hijab (cover head) in the Muslim community but those who do, at most times, feel discriminated against. They do not find many avenues to prosper in. Whenever a hijabi person breaks stereotypes, it is an ‘achievement unlocked’ moment. Belonging to Scotland, Abtaha Maqsood is Britain’s first hijabi cricketer breaking stereotypes in the athletic category.

Birmingham Phoenix Hijabi Spinner

The cricketer aims to be the inspiration for other hijabi Muslim girls that she never had when she was growing up. To ensure that, the spinner in Birmingham Phoenix is going to give her level best at The Hundreds (sort of like PSL in Pakistan, The Hundred is a franchise of 100-ball cricket tournament that involves 16 teams (eight of men and eight, women) from major cities of England and Wales. Through her participation in The Hundreds, she will show people that cricket is a game for everyone, hijabi and non-hijabi alike.

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Abtaha is 22 years old. She debuted in Under 17s at the age of 12, playing against Ireland. In 2018, she transitioned to senior team played against Uganda. At the moment, she is combining her dream of playing cricket with becoming a dentistry student at Glasgow University.

Representing Scotland

She has already represented Scotland 18 times in Twenty20 Internationals. Even then, she did not have the confidence to register for The Hundreds. But after getting an invitation to join Phoenix and simultaneously, having a change of heart, she decided to be the role model for many more aspiring hijabi cricketers.

Talking to an international publication, she said:

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