Lauren Agenbag, the 23-year-old women umpire from South Africa, who in February this year became the first South African umpire to stand in a T20 game (SA vs SL, Cape Town), has added another feather to her cap. She’s now the first female umpire to stand in a men’s first-class game in South Africa.
This happened in Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) provincial three-day competition which took place between Central Gauteng Lions and Boland from Thursday to Saturday and then as well as in a one day game between the same two teams on Sunday. Agenbag was even recently appointed to CSA’s reserve list umpiring panel.
When asked about the same, CSA’s acting director, Corrie van Zyl had only appreciation for her. He applauded Agenbag by saying
“Lauren has become a standard-bearer for women’s umpiring in South Africa, She has shown that there is no limit to what can be achieved with the required dedication and determination to live one’s personal dreams”. He further added, “I am sure she will inspire others to follow the path she has set”.
We certainly agree.
Source- Cricket South Africa
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