At the age of 9 Salma Bi first picked up a cricket bat, handmade for her by her father, and taught herself to bowl after watching hours of cricket on television. But despite their enthusiasm for the sport, convincing her parents to let her play cricket at a more serious level was not easy. Salma was the first British Asian player to be selected for Worcestershire County; the prolific wicket-taking off-spinner made history aged 24. The five time award winning sportswoman and cricket ambassador has spent over 15 years recruiting teenage girls and young women from Birmingham’s Asian community into her weekly female cricket coaching sessions, working tirelessly to change the face of Asian women playing professional cricket. Over the course of her coaching career, Salma has inspired and coached over 1,000 girls, with over 4,000 getting involved in sporting activities through her Community Interest Company.
SHARING IS CARING!