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Cricket news - Claire Polosak set to rewrite history in WCL Division Two final

The 31-year-old, who has officiated in 15 women's ODIs already, has briskly climbed up the ranks since her debut in 2016.

Australia's Claire Polosak will be a part of history as she readies to become the first-ever woman umpire to officiate in a men's One-Day International when she takes the field in the ICC World Cricket League Division Two final between Oman and Namibia on Saturday (April 27). This is not the first time that Polosak has broken glass ceilings, given that she was also the first woman umpire to officiate in a men's domestic List A game in 2017.

Quite obviously, Polosak is extremely high on excitement on her latest achievement. "I am thrilled to be the first woman to stand in a Men's ODI and how far I have come as an umpire," she said in the official ICC press release. "It really is important to promote women umpires and there's no reason why females can't umpire in cricket. It's about breaking down barriers, creating awareness so more females can come into the role."

The 31-year-old, who has officiated in 15 women's ODIs already, has briskly climbed up the ranks since her debut in 2016. Polosak was rewarded for her steady progress when she, along with fellow Australian Eloise Sheridan, became the first female umpires to officiate in a WBBL game in 2018.

"Umpiring is a team effort. I would like to thank all the umpires I have worked with, my local umpires association - NSW Cricket Umpires' and Scorers' Association and Cricket Australia, as well as my family and friends, as without their support, this match today would not be possible." Polosak added.

Hailing the achievement, ICC's senior manager umpires and referees, Adrian Griffith lauded Polosak's rapid growth in the field of officiating and hoped that this would be a marker for more women to join in.

"Congratulations to Claire for this fantastic achievement of becoming the first woman umpire to stand in a Men's One Day International. It is one thoroughly deserved and a result of her hard work and perseverance. She is a role model for women who want to get into officiating and proves how successful they can be once they are on the right path and get the opportunities." said Griffith.

The WCL Division Two final features Oman and Namibia who finished in the top two on the points table. The two sides along with United States of America (3rd) and Papua New Guinea (4th) became the latest teams to be conferred with ODI status.

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