Tales of father and sons playing together for the same side have been witnessed in cricket. But in the National Triangular T20 Women’s Cricket Championship in Pakistan, there is mother-daughter duo of a different kind.
Kainat Imtiaz, playing for PCB Dynamites at the National Stadium in Karachi, has her mother doing her duties on the field, but not exactly in the same vein. Saleema Imtiaz has donned the hat of a match official and is an umpire for the tournament.
“Kainat is fulfilling my dream,” said Saleema. “My childhood dream was to represent Pakistan. She is not only a good daughter, but also a good cricketer.”
Though she couldn’t play cricket at the highest level, her love for the game made her take to umpiring since 2006. Her mother’s love and passion for the game inspired Kainat, who made her international debut in October 2010.
“I feel proud when I look at my mom. She took up umpiring to fulfil her passion of being in the ground,” said Kainat. “I want to be like my mom and translate my passion for cricket into something through which I can return to my country, even after my career as a player. Growing up there was a lot of interest in cricket in my house as my both parents are sports instructors. They used to be at my school so all of my sporting activities have been under them right from the beginning.”
Kainat has played in games where her mother has been the umpire but that is yet to happen in games under the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). “There is more pressure on both of us when we are involved in the same match,” revealed the 27-year-old.
“I have been umpiring since 2006 and I want to be in ICC’s umpiring panel. I wish to officiate international matches and make a name for my country,” said Saleema, who was a part of PCB’s pre-season workshop for umpires and match officials.