Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa to have all-female match officials
Next month’s Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa will have an all-female panel of match officials for the first time in the history of ICC global tournaments.
Three match referees and 10 umpires will form the 13-strong team, with England’s Anna Harris due to make her major ICC event debut as the youngest of the panel at just 24-years-old.
Sue Redfern is the other English umpire to be named, while Australian Claire Polosak has continued her record of having officiated at every Women’s World Cup since 2016.
“We are thrilled to announce this panel of match officials for the Women’s T20 World Cup,” ICC general manager Wasim Khan said.
“Women’s cricket has been growing rapidly in recent years and as part of that we have been building the pathways to ensure more women have the opportunity to officiate at the highest level.
“This announcement is a reflection of our intent in this space and just the start of our journey where men and women enjoy the same opportunities across our sport.
“We are committed to continuing to support our female match officials and provide opportunities to showcase their talents on the global stage. I wish them all the best for the tournament.”
ICC manager for women’s cricket Snehal Pradhan said: “When young women and girls see it, they believe that they can be it. That’s just one of the reasons why having this match officials panel is so special.
“It shows the next generation that there is a career and a pathway that takes them to the very top of the game, the World Cup, even if you’re not a player. It shows that there are so many ways to get involved.”
Match officials at the Women’s T20 World Cup:
Match referees: GS Lakshmi (India), Shandre Fritz (South Africa), Michell Pereira (Sri Lanka)
Umpires: Sue Redfern (England), Eloise Sheridan (Australia), Claire Polosak (Australia), Jacqueline WIlliams (West Indies), Kim Cotton (New Zealand), Lauren Agenbag (South Africa), Anna Harris (England), Vrinda Rathi (India), N Janani (India), Nimali Perera (Sri Lanka).
Survivors group criticises ECB over ‘lack of transparency’ around Hyam report
Matthew Hyam was sentenced to two years and four months’ imprisonment in September 2021.
‘Outstanding candidate’ Peter Moores to lead Melbourne Stars in Big Bash
Moores becomes the only overseas head coach in Australia’s T20 competition.
England captain Ben Stokes to manage fitness during IPL ahead of Ashes
Stokes has already started work with Chennai Super Kings, who signed him for a bumper £1.6million in December.
Mike Hussey hoping gamble on Pakistan ‘big stars’ pays dividends for Welsh Fire
Pace duo Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf were snapped up during last week’s Hundred draft.
Cricket Scotland anti-racism group members quit over perceived lack of progress
Cricket Scotland chairman Anjan Luthra last week claimed progress was being made.
Johnson Charles and Quinton de Kock make history in record Proteas run chase
Charles posted the fastest T20I century by a West Indian.
Johnson Charles smashes Chris Gayle’s record for West Indies’ fastest T20 ton
Charles hammered 118 from 46 balls against South Africa, reaching three figures from 39 deliveries.
Sam Billings defends decision to pick Pakistan ahead of tour action with England
The 31-year-old has urged the England and Wales Cricket Board to change the financial situation for players.
Zak Crawley issues a case for the defence as attention shifts to an Ashes summer
The 25-year-old batter had a disappointing winter with the bat but says he has a good defensive technique.
I’ve made up my mind – David Bedingham picks South Africa over England
Bedingham qualifies for a British passport in two years.