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Mary Waldron appointed to ICC's development panel of umpires

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Ireland's wicket-keeper batswoman was appointed to the International Council's (ICC) development panel of umpires on Wednesday.

Waldron is one of only eight women in world to have been appointed to the position and she is the first woman from to achieve this feat.

"I am delighted to be appointed to the ICC Panel. To be honest, I fell into umpiring almost by accident five or so years ago, when working as a at Malahide Club, but have developed a love for it since," ICC quoted Waldron as saying.

"I have spent a number of Irish winters heading out to play club cricket in Australia, and in 2015, I sought out an training course with and it went from there. I can't thank and enough for the help they gave me starting out, and now SACA and Cricket Leinster for the continued support and opportunity to at higher levels," she added.

Waldron has played two for She has represented the country in both cricket and

She has achieved many firsts in her career. She became the first female to officiate in a men's List A match between Wolves and A last year.

She also became the one half of the first female pair of umpires to officiate in a men's first-grade cricket match in

Waldron said it was her ultimate goal to make it to the list of ICC's elite panel of umpires but she also said that there are still few aspirations in her playing career that she wants to fulfill first.

"I don't have a bucket list as such, but I went to the World T20 finals in Eden Gardens, Kolkata, in 2016," Waldron said.

"Obviously I'd like to play in a final there, but the atmosphere was electric and I did think at the time I'd like to umpire there one day. Oh, and umpiring in a Test match, though, again, I'd rather play in one first," she added.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 17:08 IST
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