Jamaican umpire describes women qualifiers as major career step

January 27, 2017
Jamaica's female umpire Jacqueline Williams.



Regional female umpire Jacqueline Williams has described the appointment to stand in next month's ICC Women's Cricket World Cup qualifiers, as a major stepping stone in her career.

The 40-year-old Jamaican has already stood in the ICC World T20 women's qualifiers, the ICC Division 5 tournament along with the Regional first class championship and Regional Super50, and sees the latest appointment as a critical development in her career.

"I'm delighted to be named among the umpires for this tournament. It's a major tournament in women's cricket with some of the best players in the world," said Williams, the lone female on the senior regional umpires' panel.

"All the appointments I have been on are stepping stones and I have welcomed all with open arms. I always find something to work on and improve. There is a lot to learn as an umpire."

Williams is one of two regional umpires set for the tournament with 27-year-old Leslie Reifer Jr also named to stand in the February 7-21 qualifiers.

He became one of the youngest ever international umpires last year when he debuted in the Twenty20 Series in Florida, United States between West Indies and India.

Women's Cricket World Cup qualifiers is a 10-team tournament to decide the last four teams for the Women's World Cup, from June 26 to July 23 in England.

West Indies Women, along with Australia, England, New Zealand, have already qualified for the showpiece.

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