The ongoing National Triangular T20 Women’s Cricket Championship at Karachi’s National Stadium features a mother-daughter duo, PCB reported.
While daughter Kainat Imtiaz is donning PCB Dynamites’ colors, her mother Saleema Imtiaz is carrying out match officials duties.
Saleema, while growing up was passionate about cricket and always played it in hers and nearby areas, but she couldn’t make it at the highest level. Her love for cricket and to stay in the ground brought her towards umpiring in 2006.
“Kainat is fulfilling my dream,” says Saleema. “My childhood dream was to represent Pakistan. She is not only a good daughter, but also a good cricketer.”
On the other hand, Kainat, in October 2010 made her cricket debut. She got inspiration from her mother Saleema to play for Pakistan.
“I feel proud when I look at my mom. She took up umpiring to fulfil her passion of being in the ground. I want to be like my mom and hope to translate my passion for cricket into something through which I can return more to my country, even after my career as a player.”
Kainat further said,
“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.”
The pair has not yet played in the same match under the auspices of the PCB.
But, there are many local matches when Kainat had played with her mother as an umpire.
“There is more pressure on both of us when we are involved in the same match,” chuckles Kainat.
Saleema was a member of the PCB pre-season workshop for umpires and officials of the match. She aims at enhancing her skills and reaching the top by officiating international matches.
“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.”