Claire Polosak’s name will be etched in the history of cricket as she is set to become the first female umpire to officiate in a men’s One-Day International (ODI).
The 31-year-old from Australia will break the gender barrier in the final of the World Cricket League Division 2 match, between Oman and Namibia. A jubilant Claire Polosak said she wouldn’t have made it so far without the support of her husband.
“We go out there to the umpire. Not to get a final appointment, but to be a part of a team, to be involved in the game,” Polosak told ICC.
“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.
Polosak became the first on-field female umpire to officiate a men’s domestic game in Australia in 2017.
Her other major achievements include officiating 15 women’s ODIs, and being a part of the team that stood in the 2018 ICC T20 Women’s World Cup, including in the semi-final between England and India.