Eight teams are divided in two groups to decide the semi-finalists, with the winners of the two semi-finals booking a place at the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia from 21 February to 8 March next year.

Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and the USA form Group A, while Group B consists of Ireland, Thailand, Namibia and the Netherlands.

Sheridan will join fellow ICC Development Panel umpires at the tournament including Claire Polosak, Jacqueline Williams, Sue Redfern, Kim Cotton and Lauren Agenbach.

Heading off on 26 August, Sheridan will be part of the on-field umpiring team for five matches, with the semi-final umpire appointments to be made in due course.

Sheridan, alongside Polosak of New South Wales, has led the way for female umpires in Australia in recent years.

“The last two seasons have been super busy and I keep thinking it will slow down at some stage, but it doesn't,” said Sheridan, who will celebrate her 34th birthday while in Scotland.

“This season is looking quite busy already too and I am excited about beginning in Scotland, then coming back to WNCL and WBBL in Adelaide. There's also a few tournaments coming up internationally that it would be great to be considered for, although I'm just trying to focus on what I am already appointed to.”

Sheridan will officiate in an Ireland v Netherlands match on 1 September, with the Ireland team featuring fellow SACA State Panel umpire Mary Waldron as wicketkeeper.

“It will be interesting to umpire Ireland - I hear their ‘keeper, Mary Waldron, forgets about her umpire side when she puts the gloves on,” she laughed.

“It’s a great opportunity to umpire the best players from the eight countries that will be playing, but at the same time it is still just cricket so my approach to umpiring doesn't change.”

A qualified schoolteacher and proud female leader in umpiring, Sheridan takes solace knowing that once she steps on the field, she is treated just like any umpire regardless of her gender.

“Once I’m on the pitch, there really is no difference and the players treat me just as they would any other umpire,” she said.

“I hope that me being able to achieve some of what I have so far will help the next female umpire and the one after that, so it is just the normal in the future. I like to think that my umpiring does the talking.”

The ICC tournament begins on 31 August and concludes with finals on 5 and 7 September.