The ICC has announced that Australia’s leading female umpire, Claire Polosak from NSW, has been selected to umpire the ICC Women’s World Cup, taking place in United Kingdom from 24 June to 23 July.
Polosak has been named alongside three other renowned female umpires, Kathy Cross from New Zealand, Sue Redfern from England and Jacqueline Williams from the West Indies. Their appointments will make this year’s tournament the first global ICC event to ever have four female umpires officiating.
“Claire’s selection by the ICC to be an umpire of the 2017 Women’s World Cup is a fitting acknowledgement of her excellent performances in recent seasons. She is a skilled umpire of the highest standard and an excellent ambassador for the sport,” said Andrew Jones, CEO of Cricket NSW.
“Claire has also been instrumental in driving interest in becoming a trained umpire amongst women and girls in NSW, regularly holding workshops and training, the efforts of which are really starting to bear fruit.”
A highly regarded umpire, Polosak has officiated in Women’s ODI’s, T20 Internationals, WBBL and WNCL, as well as Cricket Australia’s Futures League. Most recently she umpired the Women’s World Cup qualifier in Colombo between India and South Africa.
She will make her well-earned World Cup debut on Saturday, 24 June, when she officiates the match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Bristol.