A woman umpire in cricket from India

Author : amey oke


The new season of cricket has arrived & the young boys are already showing their capabilities to take themselves at the next level in cricket.Past two months have seen youngsters like Sanju Samson,Vijay Zol,Unmukt Chand and many others excelling themselves at the highest level of cricket. But wait,there is one more youngster who has made a debut on the cricket field not as a player but as an umpire.

To be more precise she is the youngest woman umpire in India!

Shubhda Bhosale,22  was the only girl who successfully completed the  level-1 umpiring course conducted by Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association(MPCA) in June this year. With this she has become only 3rd level-1 woman umpire in the country.The other two are from Goa & Maharashtra but with significant age difference compared to Shubhda.

Till 2009 Shubhda was a regular member in MPCA’s U-16 & U-19 womens’ team.After spending a time in a dressing room as a player Shubhda decided to change the stream & to pursue umpiring. She has already featured in few tournaments conducted by MPCA.Cricket is not new for her. Her uncle Shrikant Bhosale was a Ranji cricketer & her father  Ajit Bhosale is a cricket coach.

Shubhda says,”Its all about love for cricket.I wanted to be there on field as an umpire & ensure the smooth conduct of the game.Many women in India are unaware about the opportunities available in this field  of umpiring.”

Shubhda stands as umpire in not only women’s matches but in men’s’ matches too.

A former leg spinner, Shubhda is now eyeing to get to next level of umpiring. Her dream is to become a member of elite panel of ICC umpires. To reach this apogee she is ready for all the hard work.

On the international stage there is certainly a void when it comes to women umpires. That is the reason Kathy Cross from New Zeland was the only woman cricket umpire during women’s world cup which took place in India recently.

The state of Madhya Pradesh has always been  on top when it comes to records in cricket. Both the double centuries in ODI cricket were made in Madhya Pradesh. Also  Madhya Pradesh pacer Ishwar Pandey was the top ranked bowler in last Ranji season.

This girl from Gwalior is certainly the one who will put yet another record on the name of her state when she will become the 1st woman umpire from India. She stands at a place patiently for entire day during the games but her career as an umpire has already started to gather a pace. Don’t be surprise if we see this talented women from MP standing in international game in next few years!


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