GS Lakshmi appointed first woman match referee by ICC

India’s G.S. Lakshmi has become the first woman to be appointed to ICC’s international panel of match referees and will be eligible to officiate in international games with immediate effect. Claire Polosak had become the first ever woman umpire to stand in a men’s ODI, earlier this month. 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 T20 International matches.­

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