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Ranji Trophy: Women umpires will now be seen giving decisions in Ranji Trophy

New Delhi. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to include women umpires in men’s domestic tournaments. A BCCI official told The Indian Express that women umpires will get a chance to officiate in the upcoming season of Ranji Trophy. Vrinda Rathi, Janani Narayanan and Gayatri Venugopalan have been selected for this. After the announcement of women’s IPL tournament, this is another big decision of BCCI regarding women.

In addition to women’s cricket, many state cricket associations also have women umpiring in men’s matches at the local level, but so far the BCCI has never appointed women as on-field umpires in men’s senior tournaments. Vrinda Rathi and Janani Narayanan have officiated in the Men’s Under-23 CK Nayudu Trophy matches, but this season they will make the big leap and be the finalists in a ground full of men.

Mumbai’s Vrinda became umpire from scorer

Mumbai’s Vrinda Rathi (32) was a medium pacer. Vrinda represented Mumbai University in cricket. He passed the BCCI scoring test in 2010. She played the role of scorer in the 2013 Women’s World Cup. Meanwhile, Vrinda met New Zealand umpire Cathy Cross. After this he passed the umpiring examination of Mumbai Cricket Association and BCCI.

Janani’s association with cricket is old

Janani Narayanan, 36, has never played cricket at a high level but has always had a passion for the game. Janani approached the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association in 2009 and 2012 expressing her desire to become an umpire. Then the office bearers of the association were surprised to hear this. In the year 2015, the state cricket association finally changed its rules and gave them a form. In 2018, Janani passed the Level 2 umpiring exam of BCCI. After this he decided to quit his IT job.

Women will have the final say on the men’s field

Delhi-based Gayatri Venugopalan, 43, wanted to become a professional cricketer but a shoulder injury shattered her dream. However, Gayatri did not give up and left her corporate career and passed the BCCI umpiring exam. In 2019, she was selected as an umpire.

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