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Indian woman umpire creates history by entering ICC Match Referee Panel

Highlights

  • GS Lakshmi becomes the first female match referee
  • The 51-year old has officiated 3 women's ODI and T20 matches
  • ICC also increased the number of women in the developmental panel

India’s GS Lakshmi created history by becoming the first woman to be appointed to ICC’s International Panel of match referees. The 51-year old will be eligible to officiate in international games with immediate effect.

The news comes at a great time for the Women’s Cricket in India, which is currently undergoing a revolution. Lakshmi’s inclusion comes just days after Claire Polosak became the first ever woman umpire to stand in men’s ODI game. The Aussie umpire officiated the final of the 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two.

GS Lakshmi first officiated in domestic women’s cricket back in 2008-09. Since then, the 51-year old has officiated three women’s ODI and T20 matches each.

The newly appointed match referee was delighted and honoured with her inclusion in the panel. “To be selected in the international panel by the ICC is a huge honour for me as it opens up new avenues,” Lakshmi said. “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.”

Laxmi further added, “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.”

Lakshmi will join the legendary names like David Boon, Chris Broad and India’s Javagal Srinath in the ICC’s panel.

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Development of Women’s Cricket:

In yet another great news for Women’s Cricket, Australia’s Eloise Sheridan has joined ICC’s Development Panel of Umpires. It has taken the total number of women in the panel to eight. Claire Polosak, Lauren Agenbag, Kim Cotton, Shivani Mishra, Sue Redfern, Mary Waldron, and Jacqueline Williams are the other names in the development panel.

The ICC has been working hard towards the development of women’s cricket. A number of countries have also taken the initiative with Australia and India leading the way. Cricket Australia’s Women’s Big Bash League has been a great success in its four seasons so far. BCCI is also reportedly planning to start a full-fledged Women’s T20 league after successfully hosting Women’s T20 Challenge for the second consecutive year.

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Chinmay Pagar
I might be a Mechanical Engineer on the paper, but I was a Sports enthusiast since childhood, screaming at the TV watching cricket at the age of 4. Not much excites me other than sports unless it's free pizza. I can watch literally anything remotely related to sports; Cricket, Football, Tennis, F1, Hockey, Athletics, Chess, you name it! And I love to write too, so at the time I'm not watching sports, I'm writing about it. Or eating pizzas, of course.

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