The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed the officials for the Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 final to be played in Melbourne on Sunday. New Zealander Kim Cotton will create history as she will become the first women to umpire a major world cup final after being named as one of the two on-field officials. Also Read - Coronavirus Crisis: 16-Year-old India Cricketer Richa Ghosh Contributes Rs 1 Lakh
Cotton, alongside Pakistan’s Ahsan Raza, will stand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in front of what is expected to be a record-breaking crowd for a women’s cricket match with defending champions Australia taking on India on Sunday. Also Read - BCCI Should Start Women's IPL by Next Year, Cannot Wait Forever: Mithali Raj
“Cotton will be joined on the field by Pakistan umpire Raza who, like his colleague, is standing in the Final for the very first time,” the ICC said in a media release. Also Read - Injured Ellyse Perry Undergoes Surgery to Treat Hamstring Injury
West Indies’ Gregory Brathwaite will be the TV umpire while England’s Chris Broad will be the match referee.
Zimbabwe’s Langton Rusere, the on-field official for the 2018 Final, will be the fourth umpire.
Cotton began umpiring men’s senior cricket in Timaru a decade ago and was included in New Zealand Cricket’s (NZC) reserve panel in 2016-17.
She also stood in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2018.
Her first NZC domestic men’s List A fixture was in November;
She has also worked as a television umpire in both domestic T20s leagues and, six weeks ago, in the third T20I between the BLACKCAPS and India.
Cotton, who is a lawyer, officiated in Australia’s weather-affected semi-final against South Africa with the finale being her fifth match of the ongoing T20 World Cup.