In February 2022, Kim Cotton was selected as an on-field umpire for the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, where the New Zealand and Sri Lanka teams will compete.
On Wednesday, Kim Cotton made history in cricket by becoming the first female umpire to officiate a men’s international cricket match between two full-member countries. She accomplished this during the second T20I match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Dunedin, New Zealand.
During the match, Kim Cotton was accompanied by another New Zealand official, Wayne Knights. Kim Cotton is a cricket umpire from New Zealand. She was born in Auckland and her full name is Kim Diane Cotton.
Kim Cotton, who is 45 years old, was selected as one of the 12 on-field umpires for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20. She was also chosen as one of the on-field umpires for the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, announced in February 2022.
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Kim Cotton made history on 5 April 2023 by becoming the first woman to serve as an on-field umpire in a full-member men’s T20I match. The International Cricket Council (ICC) also recognized this momentous occasion and shared the news with fans on their official Twitter account.
Kim Cotton created history during the second #NZvSL T20I by becoming the first female umpire to stand in a men’s international match between two ICC Full Member countries 👏 pic.twitter.com/Kpez8BA1UP— ICC (@ICC) April 5, 2023
The International Cricket Council (ICC) tweeted that Kim Cotton made history during the second #NZvSL T20I match by becoming the first female umpire to officiate a men’s international game between two ICC Full Member countries.
The ICC tweeted a photo on April 5, 2023, stating that Kim Cotton had made history during the second ZvSL T20I match. She became the first female umpire to officiate a men’s international game between two ICC Full Member countries.
New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by nine wickets at the University Oval, which tied the three-match T20I series at 1-1. Sri Lanka had won the previous match in a Super Over after the game had ended in a tie. The third and final T20I match will be held in Queenstown on April 8.