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ICC first female umpire

The world's first female umpire on ICC- Kathy Cross

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced o 30-01-2014 that New Zealand’s Kathy Cross has become the first female to be named in an ICC umpires panel, when she was added to the ICC Associate and Affiliate Panel of International Umpires for 2014 following the annual review and selection process.

Cross and Nigel Morrison have joined Sameer Bandekar, Mark Hawthorne, Wynand Louw, David Odhiambo, Buddhi Pradhan, Sarika Siva Prasad, Richard Smith, Ian Ramage and Courtney Young in the panel for 2014.

The 56-year-old Cross was born in Taumarunui, King Country, and is now eligible for appointments to ICC World Cricket League Divisions 3 to 6, in addition to women’s cricket.

Cross has previously officiated in the ICC Women’s World Cup in Australia in 2009 and in India in 2013, as well as the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2011 in Bangladesh and the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier 2013 in Ireland. She is a member of the New Zealand Cricket Reserve Panel 2013-14, and was thrilled with her induction into the panel.

"I am absolutely delighted to have been selected to the ICC Associate and Affiliate Panel of International Umpires. Being the first woman on the panel is a great honor and I look forward to the opportunities this selection will afford me, and to working with the Associate and Affiliate panel."

Her appointment is another significant milestone in the ICC’s Females in World Cricket Strategy and will hopefully lead to more high level female officials coming through the ranks.