Vrinda Rathi has become the first female umpire from India to officiate in T20 Mumbai League

Country’s well known personality GS Lakshmi turned out to be the first Indian female match referee to be selected to the ICC International pane of Match Referees earlier this week.

At this time, the T20 Mumbai League created record as the 29-year-old Mumbai based Vrinda Rathi turned the first female nationwide umpire to officiate in the T20 competition.

Vrinda, cleared the BCCI’s Level-2 Umpiring Exam, thus becoming qualified for umpiring in global women’s cricket and junior boys’ competitions. Consequently, she became part of Chennai’s N Janani, one more international woman umpire from the nation.

Rathi used up her time refereeing games of Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) in the city’s maidans.

While talking to media, Rathi said, “Umpiring requires you to hone your skills under the scorching sun. The job calls for both physical endurance and mental toughness. More than body language, communication, and interpersonal skills, it’s astute decision-making that defines a good umpire.”

Ex India women’s cricketer Snehal Pradhan posted pics of Rathi umpiring in the game and penned,” Thrilled to see Vrinda Rathi officiating in the @T20Mumbai, showing that women can officiate even in the most ‘khadoos’ environment. Quite the role model.”

She has the know-how of playing the game as a medium pacer for Mumbai University.

She has umpired games with a fellow female referee from the city of Mumbai Varsha Nagre additionally.

During April this year, Claire Polosak turned out to be the first female to get place in a men’s ODI game, when she was one of the on-field referees for the last of the 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two contest.

While discussing on the T20 Mumbai League 2019, North Mumbai Panthers headed the squad A standings with 4 points from 2 games, whilst SoBo Supersonics gained 6 points from 3 competitions and headed the group B standings.

by Mamatha Reddy | Tue, May 21 - 11:42 AM

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