Goulburn local Claire Polosak will be the first female umpire to stand in for an on-field Australian men’s domestic match.
The 29-year-old will make her debut on October 8 for the JLT One-Day Cup at Hurstville Oval in Sydney.
The announcement made on Wednesday by Cricket Australia is in tune with her ground-breaking career.
Polosak was the first female umpire to officiate an international event for the T20 tournament in India last year and was also the first female to umpire an Australian domestic final in last summer’s Women’s National Cricket League.
“If you were to ask my 16-year-old self if I thought this would have happened when I first started umpiring, I definitely would not have thought I would be umpiring a men’s domestic match,” she said.
“To be entrusted with this opportunity is humbling. We need to see more female umpires officiating at all levels of the game, as this allows others to see there is a path to follow. Hopefully other female umpires will realise that umpiring cricket at the elite level is a real possibility and that they can be involved.”
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland described this as a “historic moment” for cricket in the country and congratulated her achievements as a leading umpire for the sport.