Jamaican match official Jacqueline Williams will become the first woman to officiate as the third umpire in a men’s international cricket match when she takes the field for the first of three Twenty20 (T20) Internationals against the visiting Ireland team.
The 43-year-old, who will officiate in the position in all three matches of the series, continues the trend of women officials breaking barriers in the game, having already stood as an on-field umpire in men’s One Day Internationals (ODI) and T20Is.
Last month, India’s G S Lakshmi oversaw the third series of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 in the United Arab Emirates, becoming the first woman match referee in men’s ODIs.
Earlier in May, she became the first woman to be appointed to the ICC International Panel of Match Referees.
In April last year, Australia’s Claire Polosak became the first female umpire to stand in a men’s ODI, in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 match between Namibia and Oman in Windhoek, Namibia.
ICC Senior Manager of Umpires and Referees, Adrian Griffith, says Williams has worked hard for the appointment.
“Jacqueline is another of our women officials who has come through the system with hard work and determination,” he said.
“I am confident she will do a good job and I wish her all the best for the upcoming series. It is heartening to see that women match officials are ready to move up a notch and it only validates our effort to encourage them and assign them important matches,” he continued.
Williams became the first woman to officiate as third umpire in an ICC men’s tournament in 2016 when she was assigned the Oman versus Nigeria match at the ICC World Cricket League Division Five in Jersey.
Retired umpire Kathy Cross of New Zealand was the first woman official to stand in a men’s ICC tournament during the ICC World Cricket League Division Five and Three held in Malaysia in 2014.