Abbi Aitken has been captain of the Scotland women’s national team since 2011, after taking over the mantle from Scotland’s most capped female player, Kari Anderson.
Abbi was born in Dundee and raised in the North-East coastal town of Montrose where she was a pupil at Lochside Primary and Montrose Academy. It was at Lochside Primary school that she was first introduced to cricket, when a local cricket coach ran a few Kwik Cricket sessions. Abbi, enthusiastic to play any sport she had the opportunity to try went on to join Montrose CC where, as a complete beginner to the sport, enjoyed learning the game at junior level before featuring as a regular for the men’s XI. It was football and cricket where Abbi excelled.
In 2010, Abbi attended Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and focused on obtaining a degree in Events Management. Throughout her time at university, Abbi was part of the Sport Scholar programme where she received support with balancing her academia and cricketing commitments. Abbi was also President of Women’s Football at RGU for a two-year term. Whilst living in Aberdeen, Abbi enjoyed three seasons at Aberdeenshire CC where she enjoyed being able to train with fellow Scotland team mate, Fiona Urquhart. Upon graduating, Abbi left Aberdeen and moved to Edinburgh to concentrate on her cricket. She has the ability to swing the ball to good effect and is an effective strike bowler, taking over 115 wickets. She has proven herself to be a capable leader of the national squad as they won the 2016 European Qualifier before defeating Papua New Guinea in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Sri Lanka in February 2017.
Abbi is currently a player for Carlton CC and works full-time for Cricket Scotland within the Operations & Events department. In her spare time, Abbi enjoys going home to Montrose to spend time with her family and visiting new countries on holiday…when the diary permits.