Sue Redfern has also officiated in a men's fixture last May between Oman and Nigeria    Getty Images (File Photo)
Sue Redfern has also officiated in a men’s fixture last May between Oman and Nigeria Getty Images (File Photo)

While women cricketers are gearing up for ICC Women s World Cup 2017, England s former player Sue Redfern is set to create history. Sue was seen playing in the World Cup 1997 campaign where England made it to the semi-final. She will now be seen umpiring in the mega-event starting June 24. And she is preparing to officiate, Sue will become the first person to play and umpire at a global event. Sue has umpired three years ago, however, she feels it is a huge rise. Along with her New Zealand s Kathy Cross, Australia s Claire Polosak and West Indies Jacqueline Williams will be umpiring in the tournament as well.

Speaking to ICC about her first stint as an umpire in World Cup, an elated Sue explained the processes that she had to follow to reach this level, I followed each level and used each season to gain experience and performed well to progress to the next level. The ECB had been supportive in terms of giving me opportunities. The ICC has been great as well and it gave me the chance to do the ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier in Bangkok and that was my first taste of international cricket. I have only been officiating since 2014, so it has all happened quite quickly.

My background is in cricket, I used to be an international player. I played in a World Cup and for me now to officiate in a World Cup is a very special honour. The fact that it is a home World Cup is very special and is the cherry on the top really. The chance to stand at grounds in this country with local support and to have the chance to raise the profile of female umpiring. It is a great opportunity and a dream come true, she added.

It is equally a dream come true for Jacqueline to be involved in the tournament. However, this is not the first time Sue has created history. Sue and Jacqueline officiated a men s clash between Oman and Nigeria last May, for the first time.