The Final of 2022 Women’s World Cup between Australia and England at Christchurch on Sunday, April 3rd will be officiated by 4 female match officials. This is the first World Cup final to have 4 women officials.
The 2022 Women’s World Cup has been a massive success as the women have stepped up their game making matches more competitive, high scoring, and nail-biting. Australia has been the most dominant team winning all the 7 leagues with ease. They also had a dominant Semi-Final against West Indies. England on the other hand lost the first 3 games and then won the next four games and qualified for the Semis. At the Semis, they bundled out South Africa and qualified for the finals for 2nd time in a row.
This iconic encounter will have South Africa’s Lauren Agenbag and Kim Cotton of New Zealand as the 2 field umpires. Jacqueline Williams will be the 3rd Umpire. Langton Rusere of Zimbabwe has been named the 4th umpire. India’s GS Lakshmi will be the match referee of the Final.
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All these 4 women have already made history in Cricket with Kim Cotton being the first women on-field umpire to stand in a Final as she officiated the Women’s T20 World Cup final in 2020. Jacqueline Williams became the first women TV umpire in men’s international as she was the TV umpire in three matchesT20 series between West Indies and Ireland.
GS Lakshmi from India also made history recently becoming the first women’s Match referee to make it to the Emirates ICC International Panel of Match Referees.
The ICC through the 2022 Women’s World Cup has committed to the gender-equitable sport by making sure 8 of 15 match officials in the 2022 Women’s World Cup are Women.
The historic World Cup Final will be played in a jam-packed Hagley Oval at Christchurch. Huge viewership will be expected for the epic affair. Australia will be eyeing their 7th Championship and England will be looking to keep the World Champion title for 4 more years.
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