India’s G.S. Lakshmi is the first woman to be appointed to International Cricket Council’s (ICC) International Panel of Match Referee on 15th May 2019.
G.S. Lakshmi will be eligible to take charge in international games with immediate effect.
G.S. Lakshmi (51-years-old) 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.
G.S. Lakshmi appointment followed just after the appointment of Claire Polosak, who recently became the first female umpire to stand in a men's One-Day International in April 2019.
G.S. Lakshmi is a Right Handed Batswomen and Right-arm fast medium bowler. She has represented India in International level matches.
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.
Kathy Cross was the first woman on development panel of umpires retired in 2018.
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