Arati Vaidya becomes first Indian woman match referee in a league match in India

Former India Women Test player Arati Vaidya created history on Thrusday evening. Arari became the first woman to officiate as a match referee in a domestic cricket league across India. She was appointed match referee in T20 Mumbai League match between NaMo Bandra Blasters and SoBo Supersonics at Wankhede Stadium. Speaking about her chance to officiate in T20 Mumbai League, Arati to mid-day said: “I am grateful to the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) who have given me this recognition and honour. I am very excited to officiate in this game.”

She further added, “A referee’s job is more challenging because in our playing days, we were not bothered about laws etc. But as a referee, you see the game in different perspective. From my experience, [of officiating in age group cricket], when a woman is refereeing, the boys appeared cautious. I think it’s a psychological thing.”

Arati has played 3 Tests and 6 ODIs for India women between 1995 and 1999. She was also a former Mumbai Under-19 selector, apart from officiating in women’s international matches, and boys age-group games run by BCCI.