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Vrinda Rathi, Janani Narayanan, and Gayathri Venugopalan become the first female trio to officiate in the prestigious Ranji Trophy on Tuesday

The three women, who hail from a variety of backgrounds

Became pioneers as a result of the BCCI’s decision to draft women umpires on the men’s domestic circuit.

Vrinda Rathi was a former scorer, an ex-software engineer, and a player whose career was cut short

Venugopal will officiate the second round match between Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand in Jamshedpur.

While Narayanan and Rathi will officiate the games between Railways and Tripura in Surat and Goa and Pondicherry in Porvorim, respectively.

The three, who come from a variety of backgrounds and are well-known on the women’s circuit.

Became pioneers when the BCCI decided to draft women umpires for the men’s domestic circuit.

Narayanan, 36, adored cricket and everything associated with it.

She repeatedly approached the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) for the position of umpire because she desired to be on the field.

She passed the BCCI Level 2 umpiring exam in 2018 after the state body changed its rule to allow women to officiate.

She had to think long and hard before quitting her comfortable IT job to pursue umpiring

She has also served as a referee in the 2021 Tamil Nadu Premier League.

Rathi, 32, has, on the other hand, emerged from Mumbai’s maidans.

Before passing the BCCI scorers exam, she used to score matches in her neighborhood.

She was the BCCI’s official scorer for the Women’s World Cup in 2013. She later switched careers to umpiring.

In 2020, the International Cricket Council (ICC) included Narayanan and Rathi on its panel of development umpires.

Both of these experienced umpires were selected.

Denis Burns, a seasoned umpire coach who has guided Indian umpires on their path to international competition.

Congratulated the pair on their appointment to the ICC development panel.

43-year-old Venugopalan from Delhi had the ambition to play cricket, but a shoulder injury ended her dreams.

After passing the BCCI exam, she began her umpiring career in 2019.

In the Ranji Trophy, she has already served as a reserve (fourth) umpire.

Female umpires already officiate men’s cricket in Australia and England, so the BCCI still needs to catch up.

Only three of the 150 BCCI-registered umpires are women

Rathi, Janani, and Gayathri become the first women to officiate in the Ranji Trophy, making history.

The trio, already well-known on the women’s circuit, became the first women to officiate in the tournament on Tuesday.

Vrinda Rathi, N Janani, and V Gayathri became the first women to officiate in the Ranji Trophy.

Injuries ended Gayathri’s cricket career, and he is currently officiating in the Jamshedpur second round match between Chhatisgarh and Jharkhand.

For the Railways vs. Tripura game in Surat, Janani, a former software engineer, is the umpire, and Rathi, a former scorer, is in charge of the Goa vs. Pondicherry game in Porvorim.

The three, who come from a variety of backgrounds and are well-known on the women’s circuit, made history when the BCCI decided to draft women umpires for the men’s domestic circuit.

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