Australia's Claire Polosak creates history as the first woman umpire ever to stand in a men's One-Day International. She took the field in the final of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2
Dubai: Australia's Claire Polosak creates history as the first woman umpire ever to stand in a men's One-Day International. She took the field in the final of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 on Saturday.
The 31-year-old, who is breaking new ground for women cricket officials has previously stood in 15 women's ODIs, the first one in November 2016 between Australia and South Africa.
She has also performed well in ICC events, standing in the semifinal of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2018 between England and India and four matches at the ICC Women's World Cup 2017, reflecting her rapid rise to success.
Polosak has been championing female officiating and has been a path breaker before too. She was the first woman to stand in a men's domestic fixture in Australia in her first List A match in Australia in 2017.
In December last year, she and her South Australian counterpart Eloise Sheridan became the first female umpires to officiate on-field together during a professional match in Australia when the Adelaide Strikers hosted the Melbourne Stars in the WBBL.
Polosak was exuberant at the impending milestone: "I am thrilled to be the first woman to stand in a men's ODI and how far I have come as an umpire.
"It really is important to promote women umpires and there's no reason why females can't umpire in cricket. It's about breaking down barriers, creating awareness so more females can come into the role, " she said.
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At one stage, Sri Lanka was in a spot of bother after they were reduced to 7-103 through the middle overs. However, the 10th-wicket partnership between Dushmantha Chameera and Maheesh Theekshana dragged the hosts towards a respectable total.
The Australian tour of the island began earlier this month with three T20 matches, a series the tourists won 2-1.
Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill and Navdeep Saini were the cricketers in question and the quartet decided to leave the bio-bubble and head to a after the Boxing Day Test.