Claire Polosak to Make History as Female Umpire in Australia’s JLT One-Day Cup
As the emergence of female umpires has been seen as the watershed moment particularly for cricket in itself, the are many professionals waiting in the wings, as Australian woman referee Claire Polosak has already grabbed the headlines for breaking into the men’s competition as an umpire.
“To be entrusted with this opportunity is humbling. With my role at Cricket New South Wales working in female umpire engagement,” Polosak was quoted by Cricket Australia.
The 29-year-old Australian Claire Polosak is all set to make her debut as an on-field umpire for the ongoing men’s JLT One-day Cup in Australia following the consent of CA of late.
“I realise what I do can be incredibly important for other women,” Polosak remarked.
Owing to the passion for the game, the 29-year-old Polosak is bound to watch over the match No. 11 between New South Wales and Cricket Australia alongside former Test cricketer Paul Wilson on Sunday (October 8), at Hurstville Oval in Sydney.
Polosak, the New South Wales umpires is delighted to be the part of the first-class campaign for men’s fixtures while revealing she didn’t represent any side for cricket.
“I never played cricket, which is a little bit interesting for some people,” Polosak remarked.
Showing the resilience, Polosak overwhelmed against all the odds to taste the success in the domestic circuit, before setting her eye on international fixtures after being nursed as a young coach in New South Wales’ city Goulburn.
“I always followed cricket, my parents got me into it and dad would drive me up from Goulburn to do the umpires course here,” Polosak maintained.
Pertinently, the persistence of being a school teacher Polosak has had paid the rich dividends while featuring as an umpire in 2017 Women’s World Cup fixtures after representing world cricket body ICC in 2016 ICC Women’s World T20 fixtures.
“We need to see more female umpires officiating at all levels of the game, as this allows others to see there is a path to follow,” Polosak felt.
Interestingly, Sue Redmond from the United Kingdom alongside Jacqueline Williams (Windies) and New Zealand’s Kathy Cross are the other three female umpires, who have had stood up for the domestic matches in their respective homes.
“Hopefully other female umpires will realise that umpiring cricket at the elite level is a real possibility and that they can be involved,” Polosak expressed.
The CEO for CA James Sutherland has further lauded the efforts of Polosak after latter left an impact in the Australia’s domestic set-up as the leading match official.
“Claire’s achievements in such a short period of time at the elite level have been remarkable,” Sutherland said.
Sutherland believes with the induction of Polosak in men’s fold as an umpire at the top-level cricket – the young female umpires would be keen to follow her path in the foreseeable future.
Concluding, Simon Taufel, the former Australian umpire, who was the long-established part of world cricket governing body ICC’s Elite member if the umpiring panel, who update Polosak for her appointment.
The 46-year-old Taufel was the five-time ICC Umpire of the Year during his significant umpiring career which thoroughly impressed Polosak – to break into the men’s cricket.
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