Jacqueline Williams will soon make history and become the first woman ever to officiate as the third umpire in men’s international.  She will oversee the T20 series between West Indies and Ireland. The 43-year-old Jamaican woman will officiate as an Umpire in all the three matches of the series that will start from Wednesday.  The series will be held in Grenada.

Key Takeaways:

  • Jacqueline is a Jamaican cricket umpire. She was the umpire for the 2015 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament.
  • Williams is also the first female umpire to stand in the domestic 50-over competition in the West Indies. She was also one of the 12 umpires at the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20.
  • GS Lakshmi and Kathy Cross are also other women umpires to make history in the field of cricket.

About Jacqueline Williams

Jacqueline is a Jamaican cricket umpire. She was the umpire for the 2015 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament. She was also one of the four umpires in the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament. Jacqueline has till 2019 umpired for 5 ODIs and 6 T20Is. Jacqueline also umpired at the 2016 ICC World Cricket League Division Five tournament in Jersey.  She was one of the four female umpires at the 2016 ICC World Cricket League Division Five tournament.

“Jacqueline is another of our women officials who have come through the system with hard work and determination. I am confident she will do a good job and I wish her all the best for the upcoming series.”

Williams is also the first female umpire to stand in the domestic 50-over competition in the West Indies. She was also one of the 12 umpires at the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20. In 2019, ICC also named Jacqueline as one of the umpires on the ICC development panel of umpires.

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Jacqueline’s Reaction Hearing the news

Jacqueline said in the ICC statement, “This is a matter of huge honour for me and I am really excited at the prospect of my role as TV umpire in a men’s international match.” She further said, “I have officiated as a third umpire in men’s matches before, but this is for the first time in an international and that too featuring the West Indies.” She also added, “I am thankful to the International Cricket Council and Cricket West Indies for all the help and support over the years and wish that more women take up umpiring in the coming years.”

“Umpiring is a challenging job but one from which I derive utmost satisfaction.”

Adrian Griffith, ICC senior manager of umpires and referees said, “Jacqueline is another of our women officials who have come through the system with hard work and determination. I am confident she will do a good job and I wish her all the best for the upcoming series.” Jacqueline said that “Umpiring is a challenging job but one from which I derive utmost satisfaction.”

Jacqueline is a Jamaican cricket umpire. She was the umpire for the 2015 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament.

Other Woman Umpires

GS Lakshmi, an Indian umpire is the first woman match referee in men’s ODIs. She oversaw the third series of the Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 in the United Arab Emirates in December 2019. Whereas Kathy Cross is the first woman official to stand in a men’s ICC tournament during the World Cricket League Division Five and Three held in Malaysia.

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