Claire Polosak: First woman umpire in men's ODI


Dubai, Apr 27 (IANS): Australia's Claire Polosak will create history by becoming the first woman umpire ever to stand in a men's ODI when she takes the field in the final of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 on Saturday.

The 31-year-old has previously stood in 15 women's ODIs, the first one in November 2016 between Australia and South Africa. She has also performed well in ICC events, standing in the semifinal of the Women's T20 World Cup 2018 between England and India and four matches at the Women's World Cup 2017.

Exuberant at the impending milestone, Polasak said: "I am thrilled to be the first woman to stand in a men's ODI and how far I have come as an umpire. It really is important to promote women umpires and there's no reason why females can't umpire in cricket. It's about breaking down barriers, creating awareness so more females can come into the role."

Adrian Griffith, ICC Senior Manager - Umpires and Referees, said that the Australian is a role model for women who want to get into officiating and proves how successful they can be once they are on the right path and get the opportunities.

Polosak has been championing female officiating and has been a path breaker before too. She was the first woman to stand in a men's domestic fixture in Australia in her first List A match in Australia in 2017.

In December last year, she and her South Australian counterpart Eloise Sheridan, became the first female umpires to officiate on-field together during a professional match in Australia when the Adelaide Strikers hosted the Melbourne Stars in the WBBL.

Polosak's achievement comes at the conclusion of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in Namibia, where USA, Oman, PNG and Namibia have secured ODI status and a place in the newly-formed ICC Men's Cricket World Cup League 2.

 

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  • Vinaya Shenoy, Mnagalore

    Sat, Apr 27 2019

    Congrats and all the best..It's very scary to stand as a main umpire as the ball is hit so hard by the batsman these days..The reflexes should be quick enough..Other than this I don't see why woman cannot umpire.

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  • Mohan Prabhu, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Sat, Apr 27 2019

    what will all the feminists say if it was the other way around? Have men umpired women's cricket matches?

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  • Flora Dsouza, kalmady/Jerimeri-Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 27 2019

    Wow!!! Great!!! Hearty Congrats and Wishing her all the best and every success... Feeling proud of her....

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 27 2019

    Earlier Cricket used to be a Boring Game ...

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  • Augustine Daniel DSouza, Udupi Mumbai STATE OF KUWAIT.

    Sat, Apr 27 2019

    Congratulations Claire Polosak all the best as Umpire
    GOD BLESS YOU.

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Sat, Apr 27 2019

    Wishing you Claire Polosak all the best.Be confident and always give the right decision.One bad decision especially to a star batsman will affect the team badly.Always ask the third umpire if you are not sure when it comes to run outs.Be confident in giving lbw.The review system is so accurate that no one can fool.

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