Women’s cricket has witnessed several new developments over the past few years. A sport that was considered male-dominated has now seen almost an equal domination by the females then be it as a player, an umpire, or a commentator.
Women commentators have made a great mark and have gained good recognition from cricket fans. Below are the most popular female commentators:
· Isa Guha:
Rated as the top female commentator in cricket by ‘Last Word of Sport’ in March this year, former England bowler, Isa Guha is a prominent face of the cricketing world. She was a part of the team that won the 2009 Women’s Cricket World Cup and after retiring in 2011, moved towards commentary. She currently works for Sky Sports during the British Summer and Fox Sports during the Australian Summer and also as a columnist for popular journals.
· Charlotte Edwards:
The first female cricketer to have scored 1000 runs, take 50 wickets as well as 50 catches in Women’s ODI, England’s Charlotte Edwards took up commentary after retiring completely from cricket in 2017 (she retired from international cricket in 2016). Recently, an English domestic women’s Twenty20 competition, the Charlotte Edwards Cup was named in her recognition.
· Lisa Sthalekar:
The India-born Australian cricketer Lisa Sthalekar is another celebrated commentator. The former captain of the Australian team, Sthalekar was one of the leading all-rounders of her team. She took up the role of a commentator after ending her international cricket career which she announced, a day after winning the 2013 Women’s Cricket World Cup.
· Ebony-Rainford Brent:
The first black women cricketer from England, Ebony-Rainford Brent was honored with the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to cricket and charity. She now works as a commentator with Sky Sports and since 2017, has hosted a podcast “The Art of Success”.
· Mel Jones:
Getting into commentary during the 2007 T20 World Cup for Australia’s Channel 9, Mel Jones was yet another great player for the Aussies majorly with the bat but occasionally with the ball as well. Jones was a part of the commentary team for leagues such as the Big Bash League, Indian Premier League, Pakistan Super League, and in 2018 was signed by Fox Sports.
· Anjum Chopra:
The face of Women’s Cricket in India, former captain Anjum Chopra is another great commentator. She had a brilliant cricketing year with various awards to her name from 1995 till 2012 as a batter and an occasional bowler and played 6 World Cups (4-ODIs, 2-T20Is) representing India. She is an inspiration for the female cricketers of the country who look up to her for a good dose of motivation.
· Alison Mitchell:
An English Cricket commentator and sports broadcaster, Alison Mitchell, has been a commentator for both women’s and men’s cricket since 2007. She was the first woman to become a regular commentator on the BBC’S Test Match Special. Apart from cricket, she has also reported and commentated on other sports as well which include Tennis, the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games to name a few.
· Marina Iqbal:
Former Pakistani cricketer, Marina Iqbal is another female commentator on the list. She represented the national side from 2009 to 2015 and was a part of the Pakistani team that won the gold medal at the 2010 Asian Games, held in China.
· Urooj Mumtaz:
Another former Pakistani cricketer on the list is all-rounder Urooj Mumtaz who is a dentist by profession. She played for the national team from 2004 till 2010 and captained the side in the 2009 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup. Last year, she became the first Pakistani women commentator to do commentary for a Men’s ODI match.
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