Mary Waldron has been appointed to the ICC's Development Panel of Umpires - one of only eight women around the world to be appointed.

The 35 year-old has also represented Ireland at football and has scored winning goals in two Irish cup finals..

She has won 127 international caps – captaining Ireland on 10 occasions, and is line to win three more when Ireland take on West Indies at the end of the month.

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

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

“Since that time I have umpired a season in Tasmania, three seasons in South Australia and back here at home in Dublin I’ve stood for three seasons. I have well and truly lost track of the number of games I’ve umpired, but it is somewhere between 100 and 150 at this stage. While I have enjoyed umpiring in many grounds along the way, probably the day I umpired at Adelaide Oval would be the most memorable to date.

“While Richard Kettleborough is possibly my favourite umpire, having the opportunity to be umpired by the likes of Claire Polosak and Sue Redfern at ICC events makes umpiring at a high level and genuine goal for me. Seeing them out there shows anything is possible.

“And I have to mention Joy Neville – she may be a referee in a different sport but I cannot praise her highly enough she just takes everything in her stride. She shows that at the end of the day we are just doing a job and it doesn't matter our gender - and she's Irish!

“I don't have a ‘bucket list’ as such, but I went to the World T20 finals in Eden Gardens, Kolkata in 2016. Obviously I'd like to play in a World Cup final there, but the atmosphere was electric and I did think at the time I'd like to umpire there one day. Oh, and a umpiring in a Test match - though again I'd rather play in one first!”