History will be made on Sunday when two female on-field umpires will officiate a professional cricket match in Australia, Wide World of Sports has reported.
Claire Polosak and Eloise Sheridan will be the on-field umpires for the Women’s Big Bash League fixture between Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Stars on Sunday at Adelaide Oval.
“The number of female umpires is limited by a lack of awareness,” Polosak said. “So maybe seeing Eloise and myself out there on Sunday, there’ll be someone else in the crowd that will be like ‘Ooh, I didn’t know I could do that’, and then that starts the process for them.”
“It will definitely be a highlight for everybody I hope.”
She added that she hasn’t umpired with Eloise yet and she really looking forward to it.
Polosak was the first female umpire to work on-field in an Australian men’s domestic cricket match in 2017. However, it will be the first time that two femaleon-field umpires will call the game.
She is a member of the CA Supplementary Umpire Panel and was the umpire in the 2018 Women’s T20 World Cup final between Australia and England in the West Indies.
“Claire and Eloise have established themselves as two of Australia’s leading female umpires and it’s fantastic to see all their hard work continue to pay off,” Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said in a statement. “This is another great step forward for cricket, where we’re continuing to strive towards our aspiration of being Australia’s leading sport for women and girls.
On behalf of everyone in Australian Cricket, we wish them the very best for this match and look forward to seeing them on the field.”
Sheridan has became the first female umpire to be appointed to the SA State Umpire Panel, and became the first woman to umpire a SACA first-grade men’s match in the previous domestic season.