Women Making History on the Cricket Field
Kiwi Kathy Cross and Australian Claire Polosak, 27, will blaze a new trail for women in sport when they umpire theICC World T20 games in India. Cross and Polosak are part of a 31-person team of officials to officiate in the concurrent series for men and women which kicks off on March 15th in Bangalore.
Cross will become the first female umpire in the tournament’s history when she walks to the middle for the match between Pakistan and Bangladesh in Chennai. Polosak will follow on March 18th in the game between New Zealand and Ireland alongside Vineet Kulkarni in Mohali. Cross is more experienced having previously umpired in the women’s one-day World Cups in 2000, 2009 and 2013.
Polosak, a Sydney-based school teacher, made history by becoming the first woman to umpire in a List A competition in Australia when she undertook third umpire duties in the Matador Cup clash between Queensland and the Cricket Australia XI last year. She was also recently chosen to officiate in the women’s World Cup qualifiers in Thailand. “When I started umpiring at 15, I really didn’t think I’d have the opportunities that have already been presented to me at 27,” she said.