Claire Polosak will make history this weekend as she becomes the first female to act as an on-field umpire in an Australian men’s domestic match.
The decision was announced on Wednesday with Polosak chosen along with Paul Wilson to umpire the JLT Cup clash between New South Wales and Cricket Australia XI at Hurstville Oval.
Five-time ICC umpire of the year Simon Taufel told Polosak of the good news with Polosak telling reporters he was the umpire she idolised growing up in country New South Wales.
“I never played cricket, which is a little bit interesting for some people,” Polosak said.
“I always followed cricket, my parents got me into it and Dad would drive me up from Goulburn to do the umpires course here.
“It took a few times to pass but it was something I was determined to do and I kept working through the grades in the Sydney competition.”
Polosak has previously officiated in the ICC Women’s World T20 and Women’s World Cup as well as an Under 19 Test and one-day international between Australia and Sri Lanka in Hobart.