India’s 51-year old GS Lakshmi becomes the first female International Cricket Council match referee. Now on, she will be eligible to referee international games with immediate effect. ICC plans to boosts numbers on development panel.
Meanwhile, Claire Polasak had become the first ever woman umpire to stand in men’s ODI earlier this month.
According to Adrian Griffith, ICC Senior Manager – Umpires and Referees:
“We welcome Lakshmi and Eloise to our panels, which is an important step forward in our commitment to encouraging women officials. It is heartening to see their progress and I am sure many more women will be inspired to follow their example. I wish them all the best for a long and enjoyable career.
“We are committed to ensuring greater gender parity among our officials, but all appointments are made purely on merit.
Elevation is as a result of a thorough evaluation process that identifies the most talented match officials breaking through to an international level. It is pleasing that through consistent high performance we are able to add more women to our panels.
Lakshmi, 51, who first officiated as a match referee in domestic women’s cricket in 2008-09, has overseen three women’s ODI matches and three women’s T20I matches.