Women’s cricket is steadily on the rise in Pakistan with the national team managing to beat West Indies in an ODI series and giving a tough fight to South Africa in their own backyard. This increasing success of women in the field of cricket has been accompanied by female field officials making an entry at the top level.
Humaira Farah is the first female umpire from Pakistan, who boasts the experience of officiating at different levels. She has so far performed umpiring duties in 170 matches at various different levels. She has also represented the national hockey team.
“In the year 2005, I heard, the PCB was setting up a women’s wing and that is when I decided to pursue umpiring. The same year, I took part in the PCB Panel I and II umpiring courses and started my umpiring career. I am proud of the fact that I became the first female umpire in the country and since then eight more female umpires have emerged,” said Humaira.