Dubai: Jackie Janmohammed, who created history by becoming the first woman to head a national cricket board in the world, has said she believes that she could "make a difference". Earlier this month, Janmohammed - a lawyer by profession - became the first woman to be elected as the head of a national cricket board by becoming Chairman of Cricket Kenya, reports Gulf News.
She said her interest in cricket grew due her father`s efforts who used to take her to cricket matches in the grounds of Nairobi at the age of three. She said that while she was growing up, there was no women`s cricket at all. But she used to watch cricket every Sunday and also went on to become the first female member in a Muslim club. She went off to England for higher education, but when she came back to Kenya there wasn`t any women`s cricket still, Janmohammed said. So she decided to become an umpire and enjoyed the honour of becoming the first woman umpire that Kenya had ever produced, she added.
Janmohammed said she took up umpiring very seriously, attending local umpiring classes and examinations. She went on to be appointed as umpire for a Pakistan A team match against UAE in Kenya. She said when she went out to officiate the match, the Pakistanis refused to come on to the field. Then she went over to the manager of the team and told him that if the players did not come out, the other team would be awarded the match. They were upset, but eventually agreed to play with her officiating the game, she said.