Sue Redfern will turn into the primary lady to face as an on-field umpire within the T20 Blast when Gloucestershire host Middlesex in Bristol on Sunday.
The 45-year-old was appointed to the Skilled Umpires’ Crew, the ECB’s group of elite officers, final 12 months.
Members of the workforce can stand in males’s and ladies’s skilled home cricket in England and Wales.
“It’s going to be a breakthrough second, not only for me however for our sport,” Redfern told the ECB website.
“I remind myself that I’ve labored extraordinarily onerous to progress my profession to this stage and I’ve obtained so far in my profession on advantage.”
The Skilled Umpires’ Crew changed the first-class panel of umpires because the ECB sought one of the simplest ways of attracting and appointing umpires from all backgrounds.
“The steps the ECB has taken over the previous couple of seasons to make the umpiring pathway extra inclusive have opened up alternatives like these for me,” mentioned Redfern, who performed six Exams and 15 one-day internationals for England.
“That is simply the subsequent step in my development as an umpire – with my ambition to be the very best I may be.
“It is clearly extra than simply that although.
“I am certain there can be some emotion come Sunday as a result of I realise it’s going to be an necessary second for different feminine umpires who need to observe in my footsteps.”
Final month New Zealander Kim Cotton turned the primary feminine on-field umpire to face in a males’s worldwide between two full-member nations.
Cotton officiated within the second T20 between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Dunedin.