think a female perspective on the game certainly can’t hurt because there are so many women watching it as well
Lisa Sthalekar thinks a female perspective on the game certainly can’t hurt because there are so many women watching cricket as well © Getty Images

Lisa Sthalekar, former Australian woman cricketer of Indian descent is eyeing to become the first Australian woman to commentate in men’s Test cricket. Lisa, who retired in 2013, came back to play for Sydney Sixers in Australia’s domestic T20 league. Lisa is not new to commentary; she had commentated before for Channel nine and ABC radio and also in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015. In a conversation with Daily Telegraph she said, “I love cricket, I am a cricket tragic. I think a female perspective on the game certainly can’t hurt because there are so many women watching it as well.” Lisa is currently in commentary staff of Channel 10 which is covering Women’s Big Bash League. READ: Anjum Chopra, Isa Guha, Lisa Sthalekar and Melanie Jones to grace IPL 2015 as commentators

“It’s [women commentating in men’s Test cricket] a long way off, this is the start of my new career. I was 12 when I started playing cricket and it took me 20 years to really master that. In 20 years, I’d love to be able to say that I am calling Test cricket, whether it is here in Australia or abroad. I think there are some people who are [for women commentators in men’s cricket], but there are genuinely some who aren’t. Females tend to have a higher pitched voice, and that takes time to get used to, I understand that.” Lisa Sthalekar: Women cricket’s finest all-rounder

“I am very conscious of that, when I get too excited, not to get squealing at a higher pitched voice. I am sure it is not nice for anyone. I think, given the fact we have all been brought up with the sounds of cricket, the bat and ball sounds, and usually male voices talking about it, it’s going to take time. But that’s OK. I have plenty of time to give and learn the art and skill of commentating.”

“There’s no such thing now as ‘it’s a man’s world. I think studies have shown that women involved in business, at executive levels, on boards, the company is better off ­because of it. I don’t see an issue with females being involved in the commentary box. [AFL commentator] Kelli Underwood is a wonderful role model. The ABC’s Debbie Spillane. These people have paved the way for me to be even considered. I am fortunate to be in this position and now it is up to me to make the most of it.”