New Zealand’s Cotton to become first woman to umpire global final

Kim Cotton umpired Australia’s weather-hit semifinal win over South Africa. (Twitter pic/WHITE_FERNS)

MELBOURNE: 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 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 semifinal win over South Africa. Sunday’s match will be her fifth of the tournament.