Claire Polosak to be the first female umpire in men’s ODI

Dubai [UAE], Apr 27 (ANI): Australian Claire Polosak will become the first woman to umpire a men’s one-day international as she is all set to officiate in the finals of World Cricket League Division 2 between Namibia and Oman.
“It’s incredibly unexpected. We go out there to umpire. Not to get a final appointment, but to be a part of a team, to be involved in the game,” International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Polosak as saying on Saturday. “It’s really to do with the partners you work with all the way through. Right from my local association – NSW umpires and scorers – as well as parents and my partner, Evans, my husband, without whose support there’s no way I’d be here today,” she added.
However, this is not the first time Polosak will officiate in a men’s match. In 2017, she became the first on-field female umpire to do the umpiring honours in a men’s domestic match in Australia.
She was also the first woman to officiate in the finals of an ICC T20 Women’s World Cup, standing in the most recent edition in the West Indies.
She also holds the distinction of being one of two female umpires, along with Eloise Sheridan to officiate in a competitive game on Australian soil during the Women’s Big Bash League in 2018 for the very first time.
The finals of World Cricket League Division 2 will be played between Namibia and Oman today. Both these teams secured ODI status after finishing in the top two positions in the tournament. (ANI)

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