Mina Zahoor is an ambassador for our Breaking Boundaries programme, and a role model for aspiring female cricketers.
We're very proud that Mina is helping support some of the women/girls sessions we've introduced through Breaking Boundaries in Birmingham.
She is a key influencer in the city and is attracting young women into the game. Here, she talks about her role within the community, her work as an ambassador for Breaking Boundaries and her aspirations for the project.
She says: "I was born in Pakistan and started playing cricket when I was in year 4. I was scouted by Pakistan Cricket Board, and went on to represent Pakistan at national level.
"I moved to the UK in 2009 along with my family and represented Scotland for six months. I then moved to Birmingham with my family and represented Warwickshire County at the age of 13. Since then, I have been a part of Warwickshire Academy and have had the opportunity to participate and captain under 13’s, 17’s, 19’s and Warwickshire 2nd XI. I currently represent Warwickshire Women."
What has cricket taught you?
"Cricket has been a huge part of my life and has taught me many things over the years.
It has given my the opportunity to meet people from different ethnic backgrounds and faith groups. Moreover, it has also helped me in improving my leadership, communication, language and team working skills.
How can Breaking boundaries create better connected communities?
"Cricket has the ability and power to unite people from different backgrounds as it allows them to work in a team together. With the help of this sport, Breaking Boundaries will provide opportunities to people of all ages, and from different communities, to take part take in the sport and to volunteer.
It will help to create mutual respect and friendships within the communities to create better community cohesion."
How can Breaking Boundaries benefit young people?
"Breaking Boundaries can been beneficial many younger people in the community as it’ll give them an opportunity to not only part take in cricket but also engage in the sport by volunteering, working, spectating and become leaders for change as community champions.
Secondly, Breaking Boundaries will help bring families from different ethnic and faith groups together which will be beneficial for their community.
What do you hope to achieve through being involved with Breaking Boundaries?
"Cricket has been very close to me as it’s given me so much over the years, therefore I’m very grateful for the opportunity given to me by Breaking Boundaries, and hope to bring participants from different ethnic minorities and faith groups together.
I also hope to interact with youngsters and get families involved in hope to spark an interest in cricket to ensure mutual respect and friendships are built within these communities."
To find out more about Breaking Boundaries, click here.