First Woman Umpire from Pakistan
PCB has made concerted efforts to promote the game, which has produced inspired results this year. After beating the West Indies for the first time in their history in an ODI series, the women in green dominated the ODI series against South Africa in their backyard.
Successes on the field have also been triumphant, including by match officials – who are an integral part of cricket. Humaira Farrukh is a shining example. Humaira is Pakistan’s leading and first woman umpire which has officiated in more than 170 games at various levels to date.
Humaira has a wealth of experience in playing and administering the sport. She has represented the national hockey team and has been a sports administrator for the past 28 years. She currently works as Director of Sport at Garrison University in Lahore and is also pursuing her PhD in Sports Science.
“In 2005, I heard that the PAC was in the process of setting up a women’s wing, and that’s when I decided to continue arbitration. That same year, I participated in Panel I and PCB II arbitration courses and began my career as an arbitrator. I am proud that I have become the first female referee in the country and that, since then, eight other female referees have emerged.
“I am very confident of making a big name and inspiring other referees. I want to imitate Aleem Dar, and I also look up at Ahsan Raza. With more women’s games than ever before in the current PCB configuration, I think more female referees will emerge soon.
“I feel honoured to have inspired other referees. At first, women were reluctant and uncertain about arbitration options. Thanks to the efforts of the CCP, women’s cricket has become popular across the country, and there are more opportunities on the field than before. Gradually, we will see more women enter the fray, and this will only further reinforce the norm. »
Humaira is the only one in his family to have a career in the sport. She owes her success to her mother, who fully supported her in the pursuit of her dreams. When she played, women’s sport was limited to college and university. But in recent years, women’s sport, especially cricket, has turned professional and she is grateful that the CCP has played a vital role in this regard.