New South Wales umpire Claire Polosak has been appointed for the semi-final stage of the International Cricket Council Women’s World T20 Qualifier in the Netherlands.
Polosak will umpire both semi-finals in Amstelveen on Thursday 12 July. The first elimination match will feature Ireland and Papua New Guinea, which will be followed by Bangladesh against Scotland.
Last season, Polosak created history by becoming the first female official to umpire a male one-day domestic match in Australia, when she stood with former Australian fast bowler Paul Wilson, in the JLT Cup fixture between NSW and the Cricket Australia XI at Hurstville Oval on 8 October 2017.
In February 2017, Polosak also became the first female to umpire the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier, just twelve months after, her and New Zealand umpire Kathy Cross broke new ground for female umpires when appointed for the Women’s World T20 tournament in India.
She recently retained her place on the Cricket Australia Supplementary Umpire Panel for the 2018/19 season.
Executive Officer for the New South Wales Cricket Umpires’ and Scorers’ Association, and State Umpire Manager, Darren Goodger, said he was very pleased for Polosak and extremely proud of her.
“She’s worked really hard for (these opportunities and has) been umpiring ten years or more in Sydney Grade cricket, and to see her on the international stage, performing consistently well, (it’s) outstanding,” Goodger said.
“Hopefully, what will come of this, will be the opportunity to umpire at the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean.”