Claire Polosak (AUS)
Sue Redfern (ENG)
Jacqueline Williams (WI)
Kathleen Cross (NZ)
ICC’s decision to appoint atleast 4 female umpires for the upcoming Women’s World T20 Qualifier is being seen as a welcome move. Former English spinner Sue Redfern, Kathleen Cross from New Zealand, Australia’s Claire Polosak and Jacqueline Williams from West Indies will be seen as umpires in the tournament.
According to a report by The Guardian, chairperson of ICC Women’s Cricket Committee, Clare Connor said that,
“It is a great step forward for the ICC’s overarching strategy with members to increase the representation of women across all aspects of the game,”
English Cricketer Redfern feels this step will make women interested in umpiring, confident. The former cricketer also believes that it will be a learning experience for her. She said,
“I feel incredibly fortunate to be given the opportunity to test my skills and be part of such an important tournament. As a former international player I understand how seeing female umpires is incredibly powerful and demonstrates to women they can undertake any role in cricket they wish. It is important for the game to progress but, at the same time, it’s imperative I perform on-field and deliver to ensure the players get the best experiences. I will be using the time to share ideas with and learn things from others to enhance my skills.”
From 1995 to 1999, Redfern played 6 tests and 15 ODIs.
Australia’s Claire Polosak was a 3rd umpire for the recent Matador BBQs ODI Cup. This was a big achievement as she became the first woman to officiate a men’s domestic competition.
The qualifiers will see 8 teams, Bangladesh, China, Ireland, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Thailand and Zimbabwe play against each other. The next Women’s World T20 will be played from March 11 to April 3.