Isa had a playing career spanning a decade for the England Women’s Cricket team before retiring in April, 2012. In that time she was awarded 113 caps and helped England to victory in two World Cups, fifteen ODI series, seven T20 series and three Ashes.
In 2009, at the height of English dominance in global cricket, Isa was internationally ranked as ICC Women's No. 1 bowler. She continued to play an integral role in the World Cup winning side, which progressed to win the World T20, Ashes - swiftly followed by an ODI series whitewash of the Australians. Prior to retirement, her ability to take wickets positioned her second highest in the all-time ODI England bowlers list and sixth in the world.
Isa began playing cricket in the boys section at her local club in High Wycombe at 8 years old - she later joined a women’s side and was immediately recognised as a future international talent. At 13, she represented the Thames Valley ladies 1st XI and was selected to train with the England development squad. In 2002, at just 17, she made her England debut after impressing the selectors with her performances in the 2001 European Cup warranting the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award. On debut, she became the first woman of Asian origin to represent England and was recognised by the BBC.
Her bustling medium pace, combined with the ability to swing and seam the ball, meant she was an invaluable asset to the England setup. Notable contributions include her 2004 Natwest ‘Player of the Series’ award during England's ODI series win against New Zealand, and career best Test figures of 9-100 to retain the 2008 Ashes down under.
Following her hosting debut for ITV’s coverage of the IPL, in 2011, Isa has rapidly established herself as a familiar face in cricket broadcasting with a host of affiliations including BBC, Sky Sports, Ten Sports, NDTV, ECB and Sony Max.
Last summer, Isa’s international appeal landed her several groundbreaking opportunities making her the first woman to commentate on an Indian Test Series for Star Sports, and on any global T20 men’s fixture during the Caribbean Premier League. In radio broadcasting, Isa was also one of the first women to summarise on men’s international fixtures for BBC’s Test Match Special. More recently, she presented the ESPN US, Caribbean and global digital coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and was one of four female commentators to work on the IPL 2015, introducing women for the first time.
Isa also regularly contributes pieces to Wisden India and AllOut Cricket with previous credits in the Guardian, BBC, GQ India and Sportsvibe. Profile features include Vogue UK and India, SPORT and Asiana.
In addition, Isa is a regular on the speaking circuit - drawing from her experiences in cricket, media and education to deliver relevant motivational talks for a variety of audiences; ranging from sports evenings and lectures, to conferences and networking events. Isa has subsequently branched out into event hosting, most recently including the inaugral Asian Cricket Awards at Lords, and high profile benefit dinners.
Isa is an ambassador for various charities and has become a role model through her work with (but not limited to) the British Asian Trust, Sporting Equals, the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust and Jaguar Academy for Sport.
She also graduated with 2.1 (Bsc) Hons in Biochemistry at UCL and continues to pursue an MPhil in Neuroscience.
15 ODI series, 7 T20 series & 3 Ashes victories
83 ODIs | 8 Tests | 22 T20s