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Saddi, Salma and Aisha

OVER the past two years sportswoman Salma Bi has staged a T10 World Cup Indoor cricket tournament for women. This year she will go one better by staging TWO T10 events – one for women and one for men. Sporting Pathways co-founder Salma works tirelessly delivering excellence in her projects. She is an award winner and county cricketer who has nothing but cricket on her mind. Recently she successfully hosted the second annual Women’s World Dodge Ball 2014 and this year Salma is looking forward to hosting the 7th sporting event of its kind – the Indoor T10 Cricket World Cup. The 2012 Women’s World Cup winners were T10 England led by captain Salma and last year’s champions were T10 Australia. This year, ‘wait for it’, Mad Productions proudly present not only the Women’s T10 Event but also the Men’s first ever T10 Cricket World Cup in history. This will surely be a challenge but who more loves taking the risks and doing what’s never been attempted before than sporting ambassador Salma.

Salma, who recently married Sohail Mughal, proves nothing stops here. In fact both husband and wife are now engaging more opportunities for their local community.
Focusing on participants getting involved nationally, both Salma and Sohail have chosen READ Foundation UK as the charity to benefit from this latest sporting event.
READ (Rural Education and Development) Foundation has been implementing educational and welfare projects in the developing world since 1994.
A registered charity in the UK, READ Foundation originally started work in Pakistan and Kashmir where it runs 340 schools educating 80,000 children, employing 4,000 teachers and looking after 8,000 orphans, making it one of the largest educational NGOs of rural Pakistan.
Sohail Mughal, who works for READ Foundation Pakistan as a sports teacher and administrator, mentions: “It’s our way of showing appreciation. We want to encourage and leave a sporting passion in the chosen school and try our best to help and support has much as we can.
“We want to inspire the children and through sport we can leave something for them to enjoy and remember.”
The READ School which Sohail had worked at since 2008, initially started with only 10 children and now has grown to educate 150 youngsters.
The issues of concern are with renovation of the building and that it’s too small.
Sohail would like to see an extension to the school which looks after the need of poor and orphan children.
The school is financially struggling and his fears are that the school will close.
We look forward to visiting the school in April 2014 and  present the contributions raised through generous donors and supporters.
It’s just a small step on our part but we’ve approached READ Foundation UK to help us make this possible and a success.
The fundraising event organised, Indoor T10 Cricket World Cup will be very special for both Salma and Sohail and bring much needed support to the poor and orphan children which Read Foundation help to support.
Living in a sporting family Salma has earned this status with sister Aisha Bi and Anisha Bi and now is looking forward to carrying this legacy this time with her husband. 
Indoor T10 Cricket World Cup 2014 is scheduled to go ahead on April 5 and 6, 2014.
Consisting of eight-a-side teams for both men and women, Sporting Pathways look forward in welcoming all abilities, new talent and as always raising profiles of each individual that does take part. Post event participants will be updated with event report and video footage.
Sporting Pathways are delighted to support Read Foundation and look forward to bringing more great news as the events unfold.
We are looking for sponsors and appreciate all the generous support that is available. Please feel free to make donations to Sporting Pathways Halifax Bank plc.  Sort code: 111107 Account Number: 10933664.
The Women’s Event will sign up 4 Teams – ENGLAND AUSTRALIA PAKISTAN AND INDIA The Men’s Event will sign up 5 Teams – SOUTH AFRICA NEW ZEALAND WEST INDIES BANGLADESH and SRI LANKA ENTER NOW!!! All Funds are going towards building a School i.e focus on building a secure roof, paintwork, library, computer room and a dedicated sports facility.
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HERE is The Asian Today two-page Lifestyle interview with Salma published this week.
Every month we will be bringing you an exclusive insight of a day in the life of an influential personality. Looking at what inspires them, defining the passion they have for what they do and exploring a day of their life.
Meet Salma Bi.
Nurse. Cricketer. Wife. A woman who has achieved more than an average woman may achieve in her entire life combined. The Asian Today sat down with the athlete to talk about her recent nuptials, coaching and her long list of accomplishments.
  • Tell me about yourself.
I’m a very calm person, I make time for others and I love my Philosophy. I have witnessed a lot in my life and with close ones taken away from me at such an early age, I’ve learned time waits for no-one. My job reminds me about life and death each day, I appreciate everything done for me and around me. I know everything you want only you can achieve it by working for it, it won’t come to you. I’m open to criticism and once I’ve committed to doing something I will go on to completing it no matter what the obstacles were.
  • What made you pick cricket over other sport?
I began playing cricket aged 10 alongside my brothers and father.
The sport has influenced many Asian families and at the time of the World Cup being showcased I was only ever going to pick it up and implement the art. Watching one of my role-models Shane Warne, I, over time mastered the off-spin using her unique unorthodox spin. At secondary school I was captain of my team which got me recognised for county trials. Because I was not playing for a club, Warwickshire did not select me, even after many years of trials.
  • How was it explaining the news, about cricket, to your parents?
We played a lot of cricket in the back garden, which was especially designed to play such a sport. My family knew I was captain at school and was put forward for talented players and County but it only hit them when I was committing myself outside school hours and travelling to different grounds each week. At first it was difficult but my elder siblings did support it. My Dad coming from a sporting background encouraged it a lot more when I was bringing home medals and trophies.
I have been described as “a young, talented and creative” and have said to have caused a quite a stir. I have been up against many barriers being Muslim – fitting in, not having the facility to practise and starting at a older age, but I has no regrets. Everything happens when you’re ready at the right time.
  • You play cricket for Worcestershire County; how did that feel like?
This was a life changing moment for me, Something that has not yet been achieved and here I am who has done the unheard of, I’ve not looked back since I’m so proud about how I’ve come and yet I feel there is still more to reach!
At the aged 22, I made history by trialing for Worcestershire County Cricket Club and went on to become the first, and to date only, Asian Muslim female to represent the county in their long history. Now a regular, I have become a key player in a team full of talent and have helped push Worcestershire towards the Division Two County Championship. Last season I was third highest wicket-taker in the club – the top two were men because they played a few extra games. I have taken over 170 wickets in the last five years of playing cricket and have no intention of stopping yet. My bowling is watched by many and I don’t think I have witnessed anyone who can bowl just like me!
  • Professionally, you are a nurse, how do you divide your time?
I’m a Qualified Renal Adult Nurse working full-time which requires me to work long 12 hour shifts and 38 hours per week. I use my time wisely; I work throughout Sept to April involving indoor cricket games and County training and then take more time out using annual leave to save for my Eventful cricket season from April to August.
  • Why did you choose nursing?
At college I studied Law a Legal Executive Diploma but I always had the passion for caring and being challenged. My dream was to work in a Hospital, losing my mother aged 9 I felt this urge to make myself something valuable to the society. I felt she would be proud if I came back to the community and progressed in life. I love my job it gives me a lot of respect, I can gain that trust with my patients but most importantly it’s the reality of life and reminds me that I should quit complaining and that I am so much fortunate then some of these patients here. Nursing requires a lot of patience which I have and along with the desire to do more in life by taking my skills further and to work abroad. 
  • You have won countless awards for your community programmes; what type of projects have you been involved in?
Roles and Achievements of Salma Bi · Warwickshire Level 1 Umpire · Warwickshire Level 2+ Coach · Worcestershire County Cricket Club Senior Women’s Squad Player · Marylebone Cricket Club Representative Player · Five Ways Old Edwardians Cricket Club Women’s & Men’s 3rds Player · Wall Cricket Club Men’s Squad Player · Tamworth Ladies Cricket Squad Player · Hawarden Park Cricket Club Squad Player · Great White Sharks Futsal Team Captain & Goalkeeper · Fiveways Zombies Indoor Cricket Captain · Birch Coppice Football Club player :Football Futures Goal Keeper :Sutton Coldfield Reserves Football Club Player · British-Asian Sports Awards 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award Winner · Asian Women of Achievement inaugural Sports Award Winner 2012 · British-Asian Sports Award 2010 Coach of the Year Runner-up · Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation Ambassador Awards Runner-up 2012 · OSCA’s Nat west Volunteer of the Year Award 2012 Building Partnerships Winner  :Bradford’s Inspirational Women’s Awards 2013 Nominee · Heamodialysis Renal Adult Nursing · Believe In MAD |Making A Difference| Founder · Sporting Pathways Co-Founder (Community Interest Company) :Muslim Sports Association ambassador · Hosted First Ever Women Futsal Marathon 10-Hour Record 2012 · Hosted Women’s Indoor T10 Cricket World Cup 2012 · Hosted Women’s Futsal Marathon 20-Hour Record 2012  :Hosted World Dodge Ball 2013  : Hosted Women’s Indoor T10 Cricket World Cup 2013  
  • You have also been involved in cricket coaching and futsal; how successful have these sessions been?
Cricket Coaching is important to me, when I first began playing cricket I was given no coaching all learned by observation and constant practice. During County Season I utilised all coaches whether there was club, Australian/South African/Pakistani, male or female I took something from each session and improved on my ability and technique.
I myself am now a Club Coach Level 2+ encouraging and nurturing the younger generation to begin cricket, assisting with district and county girls I run sessions at a state of the art Indoor Cricket Centre in Birmingham providing them one-to-one sessions or fitness regimes. With futsal the girls have come a long way, improving each season as a team and taking on bigger and better challenges. Each game is played with so much intensity; the girls can look back on each game report which is played every Wednesday Night. All blogs are updated on
Out of everything that you achieved, what was the most memorable?
I’ve made many memories over time; I prefer playing the cricket performing then observing or attending Award Functions. Season 2013 was my best season so far beating my record of taking career best wickets, playing at Lords vs. Japan women and hitting a 6 in a men’s match.
In 2012, I made an appearance for a T20 side and hit a best 34 not out in five overs with non-stop fours and sixes. I finished with a career best figure of 5-13 off four overs for North Wales club Hawarden Park’s T20 team. Also in 2012, I took four wickets for Worcestershire for the first time. Sometimes all it takes is to get a little boost and the whole team will gain confidence.
  • What is an average day in your life like?
I live a very busy life but I don’t know any better! I have a high adrenaline consumption which requires me to stay on the move to use up all the restored energy. I wake up by 6am to get to my daily job for 7am which won’t finish until 7.30pm just after around 8pm I either have a Futsal Match, Football/Cricket Training to go to which means I finish my day by 10pm and it could start all over again. On a day off it could be cricket season arriving at a ground for 12pm for warm-up game of 50overs match which may not finish until 7pm. Everyday in my life is different and I love that, I learn something new everyday. I try to work that harder the next day to come.
  •  Aside from cricket; what hobbies do you have?
When given the time I enjoy my own time so I’ll hit the gym, a bit of basketball or squash, see what’s on at the local sports centre on the day or take it easy cook something up spend quality time with family and watch movies.
  • Who is your sporting hero?
I grew up watching Shane Warne play on TV representing Australia at the World Cup, He for me turn heads and brought something so unique to cricket it inspired me to mirror the same unorthodox off-spin technique. As for the recent years following women’s cricket captain and fellow friend Charlotte Edwards is a role model to me, a player who bats exceptionally well and who has brought England Women to new Light.
  • You recently got married; do you intend to keep playing and coaching?
I grew up being asked “Are your parents okay with you playing cricket?” and it was fine especially when my Dad proudly told family and friends what I do. It’s a common question I keep being asked, I have so much respect for Sohail Mughal, my husband. We’ve married each other by accepting each other and that’s the most important part about love, you love someone for who they are. I have a lot of respect for my husband, we share such great understanding, he amazes me sometimes with his way of thinking, as we are so alike and strive to reach the same goals in life.
We intend to be a couple who will go on to inspire more and more youngsters to get into sports and take up a good career. Sohail is not only a Fitness Instructor but a model, teacher and completing his Masters. My wedding gift was a Custom designed BOOMBOOM Cricket Bat; it only now motivates me to play even more and make him proud and hopefully one day InshAllah our children will need to know what their parents did in their time. You might witness both Mr and Mrs playing in the same match, which sure will be one top competition. We will go on to encourage each other to do more rather than feel it should stop. Sports is not forbidden its just not promoted enough when women play but we are changing this everyday and what better soul mate to have who wants the same for himself and you.


MOST of us have heard of Amir Khan and Shahid Afridi, but how about Ibtihaj Muhammad or Sania Mirza?

All four are accomplished Asian sporting figures who follow the Muslim faith.
But while male role models Khan and Afridi enjoy great wealth and worldwide adulation through their successes in the sports of boxing and cricket respectively, female icons Ibtihaj, an international fencer, and top level tennis talent Mirza receive nothing like the same recognition.
We live in the 21st century, yet still even these days the very mention of Asian women succeeding in sport can be met with an element of surprise, or even disdain.
However, times are changing and two young female pioneers from Birmingham are determined to buck the trend.
Cricketer Salma Bi and footballer Saddiqa Shan have already proved what they are capable of – but now they aim to inspire many others to be like them.
Saddiqa, popularly known as Saddi, has joined forces with Salma to promote Sporting Pathways, a scheme set up in the Birmingham area to increase female participation in sport.
National award-winning Salma made history as the first Muslim girl to play for Worcestershire County Cricket Club and Saddi also achieved a first as the first ever Muslim female to represent Solihull Ladies FC, who have just been promoted to the Midland Combination League.
It’s not always the norm for an Asian girl to participate in any form of sports outside school hours or above the age of 16.
Yet despite facing family pressures, criticism, lack of financial support or a guide to put them on the right track, Salma and Saddi found the paths to achieve their goals.
They now want others like them with similar ambitions to do the same.
Salma, 27, not only plays cricket for women’s teams, she also turns out regularly for men’s sides in the Birmingham area.
She is among the few club coach level 2 and level 1 umpires running sessions at the state-of-the art S&S Indoor Cricket Centre in Birmingham.
Despite her sporting commitments, Salma has also managed to host record-breaking charity events under the banner of Sporting Pathways – Raising Profiles, which have included 10 and 20-hour futsal marathons, two indoor T10 World Cup cricket tournaments and a World Dodge Ball competition, since March last year.
The reason for organising these events was two-fold – raise money for deserving causes and encourage female participation in sport.
Salma also runs the first ever Asian futsal team to compete in the Birmingham League – The Great White Sharks.
As well as being a prolific wicket taker in county and club cricket with her spin bowling, Salma represents the MCC and recently played against Japan.
A regular pundit for the BBC Asian Network and an ambassador for many sporting projects, she is also guiding the sporting careers of her sisters.
Aisha, 18, has been offered a futsal scholarship, while Anisha, 17, is a Warwickshire U17s player.
The cost of living does not pay for itself, though, and Salma has to combine all of her sporting activities with a career as a dialysis nurse.
For some time, Salma has ploughed a lone furrow in her mission to get more Asian women involved in sport, but now Saddi has joined her as an ambassador for Sporting Pathways.
The 21-year-old has already made waves as part of this season’s promotion-winning Solihull squad and her input was highlighted when she won the Players’ Player of the Season Award.
Saddi is turning heads by being unique in her ways of not only playing football but believing in herself no matter how tough things can get.
She was offered a soccer scholarship with FirstPoint USA but missed out due to certain barriers at that stage in her life.
However, this did not stop her later getting opportunities to play for West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City teams before signing for Solihull.
She still does development work with Birmingham City and occasionally for Warwickshire Cricket Board alongside her quest to eventually play football at the highest level in the FA Super League. 
Saddi also represents the football team at Coventry University, where she is studying physiotherapy with the prospect of running her own clinic in the near future.
She has also joined the Great White Sharks, who play in the Birmingham Futsal League Premiership every Wednesday.
Having gained the experience of doing voluntary work and organising exhibition events, Saddi looks forward to working alongside Salma promoting sporting activities across the country with the prospect of working towards her coaching badges, as well aiming to become a role model for the younger generation. One of the best ways of highlighting talent is by bringing it all together under one roof at a glitz event.
In October, the Asian Football Awards will be staged at Wembley, the home of football and a platform to make dreams come true.
Saddi is one of the nominees for the Asian Female Footballer of the Year accolade. If she was to win it, it would be the first piece of recognition for her talents.
“We all create our own journey in the hope that one day we will achieve our dreams,” said Salma.
“If we can’t grasp one opportunity, we can find a way to create another one that gets us closer to our goals.
“Being an Asian female can mean we need to sacrifice a lot either for family or personal reasons because that’s how society sees it, but we can also be proud to be Asian because that’s what makes us stand out, and against all odds get that one bit closer to the ultimate goal.”

Muslim Female Futsal stars in World Record attempt Birmingham’s first Asian-Muslim team ‘Great White Sharks’

FOOTBALLING females are preparing themselves for a test of endurance which could land them in the record books.

In March, 40 ladies will attempt to set a women’s marathon Futsal record of 10 hours non-stop playing at a Midlands venue.

The event will take place at the Birmingham International Futsal Arena on Saturday, March 10, between 9am and 7pm.

It has been organised by award-winning sportswoman Salma Bi, who is hosting the showpiece to celebrate Women’s International Day, which happens on March 8.

Salma, 25, is better known for her cricketing achievements, but is also a very keen Futsal player and captains the Great White Sharks, the first female Asian-Muslim team to compete in the Birmingham Women’s Futsal League.

“We want the event to raise awareness of women’s Futsal as well as raise money for two worthy causes,” said Salma.

As there is no official world women’s marathon Futsal record, the Birmingham event hopes to lay down a marker for others to try to beat.

Salma added: “The attempt to set a Futsal record has already got a lot of heads turning.

“There are plenty of female individuals who believe they can set themselves a challenge and beat it.

“No other women’s Futsal arena/team has attempted such a record. This definitely will be one to watch.

“The game will be open to spectators to come and support the girls throughout the day. We hope to raise awareness of female sports around the world and what a way to do it.”

Salma is not settling for anything.

She hopes to Make the Difference by doing and getting women involved in events nobody has yet attempted.

SALMA BI features in a two-page Lifestyle feature in the latest edition of The Asian Today.
Click on the link above and using the arrows read Pages 48 and 49.