Claire Polosak to make history as first female umpire in a men's ODI

Claire Polosak during the 2018 World T20 Getty Images

Australia's Claire Polosak will make history on Saturday as she becomes the first female umpire to stand in a men's ODI when she officiates in the final of the World Cricket League Division 2 between Namibia and Oman.

It is far from the first time Polosak has led the way for female umpires. She was the first woman to stand in an Australian men's domestic fixture in 2017 during the JLT Cup. Then last December she and colleague Eloise Sheridan became the first female umpires to officiate on-field together during a professional match in Australia when Adelaide Strikers faced Melbourne Stars in the WBBL.

"I am thrilled to be the first woman to stand in a men's ODI and how far I have come as an umpire," Polosak said. "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."

"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."

Adrian Griffith, the ICC senior manager of umpires and referees, said: "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."

Polosak has previously stood in 15 women's ODIs since 2016 and also umpired the semi-final of last year's World T20 between England and India.