DUBAI, April 27: Australia�s Claire Polosak will create history as the first woman umpire ever to stand in a men�s One-day International when she takes 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.� � PTI