Female umpire, Jamaican Jacqueline Williams, has put forward hard work as the main reason for her meteoric rise in international cricket.Set to stand in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 (T20) Qualifiers in Thailand starting on Saturday, Williams is the first West Indies female umpire to achieve the feat of officiating at an international tournament.This follows the former Jamaican player, making her international debut in October when she stood in the first one-day and Twenty20 women international fixtures between the West Indies and touring Pakistan in the Caribbean.”I have been working all these times, and I guess the opportunities are coming now,” stated Williams.”It feels good to be doing so many firsts and I am embracing them. One particular first I am also looking forward to is making my first-class debut.”The 39-year-old, upon completing her duties in Asia next week, is scheduled to return to Jamaica, where she is slated to become the first female umpire to officiate at the regional first-class level.The fixture between the Jamaica Scorpions and the Guyana Jaguars is set for Sabina Park between Friday, December 11 and 14.Williams could also become the first West Indian woman to umpire at the ICC Women World Cup that is scheduled to be staged in England in 2017. However, before that, she has one thing on her mind, and that is to do well in Thailand.”My goals at the moment are simple,” she pointed out.”Go to Thailand and do a good job. Thereafter, I will continue to take it one game at a time, and hopefully, over time, I can be that light, that beacon, that encourages other females to take up the sport.”The Women’s World T20 Qualifiers consists of eight teams and will see the two advancing to the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in India next year.The participating countries are Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, the Netherlands, Ireland, China and hosts Thailand.
World Cup Odriozola ready to replace Carvajal for Spain – and maybe join him at Real Madrid Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 06:06 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Quality Sport Images World Cup Transfers Spain v Switzerland Switzerland Spain Friendlies The Real Sociedad right-back impressed in the absence of the Real Madrid defender and scored a fine goal to stake his claim for a World Cup start Alvaro Odriozola is ready for Russia. The 22-year-old is one of Spain’s exciting young talents and with Dani Carvajal missing through injury, he did his chances of making the starting XI against Portugal on June 15 no harm at all in Sunday’s friendly against Switzerland.Dani Carvajal is currently Spain’s first-choice right-back, but the Real Madrid defender limped off in tears in the Champions League final win against Liverpool in Kiev on May 28 and may not be ready for the start of the World Cup.Carvajal, who was also injured in the 2016 Champions League final and ended up missing Euro 2016, was relieved to discover he had avoided a similar fate this time around , with the news that he will be back earlier than expected. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now However, it remains to be seen whether he will be fit in time for Spain’s opener against Portugal in Russia and against Switzerland on Sunday night, coach Julen Lopetegui decided to give another opportunity to Odriozola.The Real Sociedad right-back impressed again, just as he had on his debut against Albania back in October, when he set up a goal for Thiago in a routine 3-0 win.”Things have changed a lot for me in a year and a half,” he said in the build-up to this game. “It has been crazy. You have to have your feet on the ground.”And asked about a possible transfer to Real Madrid, who are looking for a right-back to compete with Carvajal, he said: “My future is the Spanish national team, the day-to-day and the games at the weekend.”Odriozola has a release clause of £40 million (€46m/$53m) and although Real Sociedad are not considering his sale, he would be free to leave if a club came in with the money and he wanted to move.At the moment, however, he is clearly looking no further than the World Cup and he was one of the standout players for Spain in a 1-1 draw with Switzerland at Villarreal’s Estadio de la Ceramica.The 22-year-old defended well and attacked with verve for a much-changed Spain side that should have won the game, and looked like doing so after his wonderful volley from outside the box gave them the lead.Chances were missed, though, and a rare mistake from David De Gea ultimately let Switzerland back into the match, although Lopetegui did stretch his unbeaten run as coach to an impressive 19 games.”I’m really happy personally and happy to help the team,” Odriozola said afterwards. “The sensations are good. Despite the draw, we played well in both halves.”They did and the right-back was a big plus. He is there and ready to feature in Russia if Carvajal needs more time to recover and on this form, he could even end up challenging his Spain team-mate for a starting spot at Real Madrid next season.