Abtaha Maqsood to join Sunrisers ahead of England's domestic season
Abtaha Maqsood © Getty Images
Scotland leg-spinner Abtaha Maqsood will represent Sunrisers in the upcoming England domestic season. She will be a part of the Sunrisers squad for the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint (RHF) Trophy and Charlotte Edwards (CE) Cup for the 2022 season, which is scheduled to begin on May 14, 2022.
After a successful stint with the Birmingham Phoenix in the inaugural edition of The Hundred, Maqsood has struck a deal with Sunrisers for RHF Trophy and the CE Cup. "I am really excited to be playing for Sunrisers this season," an elated Maqsood said.
She made her debut for Scotland against Uganda back in 2018 and bagged her best figures of 3/8. Although, she is only 22, Maqsood has already shown a lot of promise. She has featured in 26 matches for Scotland and has claimed 30 wickets at an average of 14.23.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to play with and against some of the most talented cricketers in the English domestic set-up and I can’t wait to learn from this experience and grow as a cricketer. I'm very excited to finally get going with the Sunrisers," she added.
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The 21-year-old played in nine matches for Birmingham Phoenix and took four wickets in the inaugural edition of The Hundred. Phoenix made it to the Eliminator round of the competition, before losing to the eventual champions, Oval Invincibles.
Sunrisers' Regional Director of Women's Cricket Danni Warren praised Maqsood as a player with a great reputation. "It is testament to the culture and momentum we are building here at Sunrisers that a players of Abtaha's growing reputation has agreed to join us for the summer,” she said.
"As well as the undoubted impact Abtaha will have on our squad we are really looking forward to supporting a young, aspirational player as she develops in the game."
Maqsood will be available till the end of July and she will pair up with England international Mady Villiers.