India’s G.S. Lakshmi becomes 1st Female ICC Match Referee

India’s G.S. Lakshmi ha becomes the first woman to be appointed to International Cricket Council’s (ICC) International Panel of Match Referee. She will be eligible to take charge of international games with immediate effect.

Women Officials on ICC Development Panel of Umpires: now includes eight women, namely Eloise Sheridan, Claire Polosak, Shivani Mishra, Lauren Agenbag, Mary Waldron, Kim Cotton, Jacqueline Williams, and Sue Redfern.

Key Highlights:-

1. It is the global governing body of cricket and was earlier named as ‘Imperial Cricket Conference’.
2. It is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
3. It was founded in 1909 by representatives from South Africa, Australia, and England.

Lakshmi, (now aged 51) was first appointed as a match referee in domestic women’s cricket in 2008-09. As a referee, she has overseen three women’s ODI matches and three women’s T20I matches.

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