ICC announces that four women umpires will officiate in the Womenâ€™s World T20 Qualifier held in Bangkok from November 28 to December 5.
The ICC has selected Kathy Cross from New Zealand, Claire Polosak from Australia, Sue Redfern from England and Jacqueline Williams from West Indies for the tournament in which Bangladesh, China, Ireland, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Thailand and Zimbabwe's women teams will compete for two spots in the 2016 World T20.
Cross one of the most experienced umpire among the four had become the first woman to be named in an ICC umpires' panel in 2014, having been added to the Associate and Affiliate panel. She previously umpired in the Women's World Cup in 2000, 2009 and 2013, the Women's World Cup Qualifier in 2011 and the Women's World T20 Qualifier in 2013.
While Polosak is the youngest of the four at 27, and recently carried out the duties of third umpire in the Matador One-Day Cup, becoming the first woman to officiate in Australian List A cricket. Redfern has played cricket for England, bowling left-arm spin in six Tests and 15 ODI's from 1995 to 1999, after which she took up umpiring. Williams, who is from Jamaica, recently made her international debut, standing in the first ODI and T20 between West Indies Women and Pakistan Women in the Caribbean. She is set to become the first woman to officiate West Indies' first-class tournament, the WICB Regional Four-Day tournament, once she returns home from Thailand.
Former England captain and ICC Women's Committee chair Clare Connor said: "To have four female umpires appointed for the Women's World T20 Qualifier in Thailand is a great step forward for ICC's overarching strategy with Members to increase the representation of women across all aspects of the game."
Also, Allan Hggo and Nigel Morrison and match referee Graeme Labrooy will provide support and assistance to the officials in the tournament.