ICC appoint first ever female match referee
The International Cricket Council (ICC) have appointed a female match referee for the first time in the International Panel of Match Referees.
GS Lakshmi has become the first ever woman to be appointed to the ICC International Panel of Match Referees and the 51-year old’s appointment comes close on the heels of Claire Polosak becoming the first ever woman umpire to
Lakhsmi has quite an experience as she has first officiated in domestic women’s cricket in 2008-09, and has overseen three women’s ODI matches and three women’s T20I matches.
After getting appointed to the ICC International Panel, Lakhsmi said –
“To be selected in the international panel by the ICC is a huge honour for me as it opens up new avenues. I have had a long career as a cricketer in India and also as a Match Referee. I hope to put my experience both as a player and as a match official to good use on the international circuit.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the ICC, officials at the BCCI, my seniors in the cricketing circuit, my family and colleagues who have supported me over the years. I hope to live up to their expectations by doing my job to the best of my ability,” she added.
Meanwhile, Australia’s Eloise Sheridan has joined Polosak on the ICC Development Panel of Umpires and it takes the number of women on that panel to eight. Lauren Agenbag, Kim Cotton, Shivani Mishra, Sue Redfern, Mary Waldron and Jacqueline Williams are the other women officials on that panel.