ICC set to introduce women umpires in top panels

Wednesday 01st March 2023 05:33 EST

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is developing a plan to include women on its panel of umpires, which now only includes men, after successfully hosting a Women's T20 World Cup with an all-female match-officials crew. The global organisation wants women to oversee international competitions for men.
“The idea is to make umpiring a gender-neutral opportunity in cricket. The first objective is to get women to officiate in a few of the men’s bilateral matches. The purpose is for the Elite panel to have both men and women on it, also supported by opportunities being provided for members in their home matches,” an ICC source told media.
Women served as match officials during the most recent FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The ICC want to see more women competing in men's ICC events. ICC currently has two umpire panels: Elite and International. Currently, umpires for women's international bilateral matches are chosen by the host board.
“A big part in the global growth strategy is for the increased coverage of female match officials. There is an outline of that plan with commitments and aims to help develop this area. This includes consultation with members, redeveloping the selection criteria process, getting more female match officials and high-quality umpires,” the source said.

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