(PCB) KARACHI: More and more females are getting indulged in the game. Because the passion towards cricket in Pakistan is rising among women, as a result of which they are dreaming big.
However, it is also astonishing to see their interest in taking the positions as umpires.
In PCB umpire’s panels, there are nine female umpires. Afia Amin, Humaira Farah, Nazia Nazir, Sabahat Rasheed and Shakila Rafiq have named in five of them. On Tuesday’s workshop hold in Lahore, They were in between the audiences.
Nuzhat Sultana, Riffat Mustafa, Samera Aftab and Saleema Imtiaz will be attending workshops in Karachi and Rawalpindi from August 29-31 and September 3-5. During the ongoing PCB Panel Umpires & Match Referees Annual Workshop, these women will be attending workshops. As a result of which, soon women will be providing with such posts.
The purpose of these workshops is to bring the match officials across the country up to date with the latest laws of the game. PCB domestic playing conditions, code of conduct and clothing equipment regulations ahead of the 2019-20 domestic season.
Including Aleem Dar as a result os interests from the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, the umpires were lectured by top positions umpires. Ahsan Raza and Asif Yaqoob, both members of International Panel of ICC Umpires, conducted the workshop. The female umpires welcomed the decision to conduct such a workshop and shared glimpses into their respective journeys.
News source: PCB
Women’s various statements on the relevant topic (PCB) :
In the end, Afia Amin, a Master’s degree holder, said:
“I come from a conservative family. But my husband provided me all the support that I needed. My interest in umpiring developed after watching him officiate women’s matches.”
Humaira Farah, who is director sports at Lahore Garrison University and is pursuing PhD degree, said,
“Women are an integral part of any society and the PCB’s step to train the umpires ahead of the season is praiseworthy. I aim to make the most of this workshop so I can have the honour of umpiring in an international women’s game.”
Then, Nazia Nazir, who lectures on physical education at Government Township College in Lahore, said:
“I couldn’t pursue my dream of becoming a cricketer due to family restrictions. Being an umpire provided me with an opportunity to return to the cricket field, which I grabbed with both hands. I want to become a regular umpire in ICC matches.”
Also Sabahat Rasheed, a former Pakistan international player added,
“Umpiring is a totally different profession and requires comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the laws of the game.”
Furthermore, Shakila Rafiq, a Master’s degree holder continued,
“I idolise Aleem Dar. He has officiated innumerable matches. I look to make the most from his expansive experience of officiating top-flight international cricket.”