Claire Polosak became the first female umpire to officiate in a men’s ODI.
The ICC says in a statement GS Lakshmi “will be eligible to referee international games with immediate effect.”This month, Claire Polosak became the first female umpire to officiate in a men’s ODI.
“We are committed to ensuring greater gender parity among our officials, but all appointments are made purely on merit,” Adrian Griffith, the ICC senior manager for umpires and referees, said.
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“It is pleasing that through consistently high performance we are able to add more women to our panels.”
Eloise Sheridan joined Australian compatriot Polosak on the ICC development panel of umpires, which consists now of eight women members.
Lauren Agenbag, Kim Cotton, Shivani Mishra, Sue Redfern, Mary Waldron and Jacqueline Williams are the other women officials. “To be selected in the international panel by the ICC is a huge honour for me as it opens up new avenues,” Lakshmi said.
“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.”
Sheridan was the reserve umpire for two matches in the Men’s Big Bash League 2018-19 and umpired four matches in the Women’s Big Bash League the same year. In October 2018, she became the first woman in Australia to umpire a men’s first-grade Premier Cricket final.
Eloise Sheridan: “As a player, cricket allowed me to travel, meet wonderful people and share a mutual love for the game. It is great now to be able to continue my involvement in cricket in a different role, and give something back to the game that has been such a big part of my life.
“I couldn’t take up opportunities like this without the continued support of the South Australian Cricket Association and Cricket Australia, as well as my very understanding partner.”