British-Indian cricketer-turned-commentator Isa Guha has been appointed the first ever female summarizer on the BBC’s venerable Test Match Special (TMS).
Beginning this winter, the 29-year-old former England fast bowler will take over summarizer duties from such TMS legends as Geoffrey Boycott and Jonathan Agnew in providing expert analysis and stats in-between overs on the 57-year-old Radio 4 programme.
Guha, born in High Wycombe to Indian Bengali parents, is the first Asian woman to play national-level cricket for England.
Her new gig is a major milestone for the British Asian community and sure to inspire many others like her, especially given the unique reputation TMS enjoys among cricket fans around the world.
It’s a fact that hasn’t escaped Guha.
“I’ve always been an England fan. I was born and bred here. Thirty per cent of cricketers in this country are from an Asian background but there are huge amounts of players from Asian backgrounds who perhaps don’t feel there is a pathway for them to the England team”, Guha says.
“It’s about changing the mindset of Asian communities that it’s OK to play for England”.