Humaira Farrukh is Pakistan’s first woman umpire who has overseen more than 170 matches at different levels.
Humaira has experience in playing and administrating sports. For the past 28 years, she has worked as a sports administrator. Presently, she is the Director of Sports at Lahore Garrison University. She is also pursuing her doctorate in sport sciences.
Farrukh gave an interview to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in which she said, “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.”
Adding, “I am very confident of making a big name and inspiring other umpires. I want to emulate Aleem Dar and I also look up to Ahsan Raza. With more women games than ever taking place in the present PCB set-up, I feel more female umpires will emerge soon.”
Farrukh said that it is an honor to inspire other umpires. Earlier on women were hesitant to pursue umpiring as a career. But it has become a popular profession through the efforts by PCB and women cricket, as per Farrukh.
Adding, “Gradually we will see more women entering the fray and that will only help in increasing the standard further.”