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India's GS Lakshmi is ICC's first female match referee

IANS  |  Dubai 

India's GS on Tuesday became the first female to be appointed to the ICC International Panel of Match Referees.

Following close on the heels of Claire Polosak, who earlier this month became the first ever woman umpire to stand in a men's ODI, will be eligible to international games with immediate effect.

Lakshmi, 51, who first officiated as a match in domestic women's in 2008-09, has overseen three women's ODI matches and three women's T20I matches.

"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 in and also as a match I hope to put my experience both as a and as a to good use on the international circuit," said

"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," she added.

Meanwhile, Australia's has joined compatriot Polosak on the ICC Development Panel of Umpires, taking the number of women on that panel to an unprecedented eight.

Adrian Griffith, ICC Senior Manager - Umpires and Referees, said: "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."



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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 16:00 IST