Williams to be first woman to officiate in men’s T20I
KINGSTON, Jamaica: Jacqueline Williams of the West Indies will become the first woman to officiate as the third umpire in a men’s international when she takes the field for the first of three Twenty20 Internationals against the visiting Ireland team.
The 43-year-old from Jamaica continues the trend of women officials breaking barriers in the game, having already stood as an on-field umpire in men’s ODIs 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 onto 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.
Jacqueline Williams said: “This is a matter of huge honour for me and I am really excited at the prospect of my role as TV umpire in a men’s international match.”