Jamaica and West Indies umpire Jacqueline Williams along with Barbadian Gregory Brathwaite are named among 15 match officials announced by the International Cricket Council for the League Phase of the ICC Women’s T/20 World Cup 2020.
Williams who is among a record six women officials named will stand along with Shaun George in the high-profile tournament opener between Australia and India on February 21, soon after becoming the first woman to officiate as a third umpire in a men’s international cricket match, while other women officials too will be looking to build on recent achievements.
Gs Lakshmi is set to become the first woman match referee at a global ICC event, with Lauren Agenbag, Kim Cotton, Claire Polosak, Sue Redfern joining Williams as the women umpires named for the eight-team competition.
Polosak, who became the first female umpire to officiate in a men’s ODI last year, will pair with Nitin Menon in the match between former champions West Indies and first-timers Thailand on February 22, a fixture that will also see match referee Lakshmi officiate two months since becoming the first female match referee in a men’s ODI.
Emirates ICC elite panel match referee Chris broad will be the senior most match official at the event with Steve Bernard also a match referee.
The other umpires at the tournament will be Gregory Brathwaite, Chris Brown, Ahsan Raza, Langton Rusere and Alex Wharf.
The appointments for the semi-finals will be announced at the end of the league stage and those for the final will be finalised after the semi-finals.