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India's GS Lakshmi becomes first female ICC match referee

India's GS Lakshmi becomes first female ICC match referee

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed former Indian cricketer, GS Lakshmi as the first-ever female match referee on the ICC International Panel of Match Referees. The 51-year-old first officiated in domestic women's cricket in 2008-09 and has overseen three women's ODI matches and three women's T20I matches.

Lakshmi's appointment follows closely after, Australian Claire Polosak who became the first woman to officiate in a men's one-day international in the final of the World Cricket League Division 2 in Windhoek.

"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,” Lakshmi said.

In another major appointment, Australia's Eloise Sheridan has joined Polosak on the ICC Development Panel of Umpires, meaning the number of women on that panel is now up to eight.