March 7, 2020 / 2:09 AM / 25 days ago

Cricket: New Zealand's Cotton to become first woman to umpire global final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - New Zealander Kim Cotton is set to become the first woman to umpire the final of a major global cricket tournament after being appointed for the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup decider at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Cotton, a lawyer by profession, will stand alongside Pakistan’s Ahsan Raza for the clash between defending champions Australia and first-time finalists India on International Women’s Day.

Barbadian Gregory Brathwaite will be the TV umpire while England’s Chris Broad will be the match referee.

A lawyer by profession, Cotton umpired Australia’s weather-hit semi-final win over South Africa. Sunday’s match will be her fifth of the tournament.

Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Lincoln Feast.

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