Cape Town - The International Cricket Council (ICC) has
welcomed India’s Adrian Griffith, ICC Senior Manager - Umpires and Referees: as 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, Lakshmi will be eligible to referee international games with
Meanwhile, Australia’s Eloise Sheridan has
joined compatriot Polosak on the ICC Development Panel of Umpires, taking the
number of women on that panel to an unprecedented eight.
Lauren Agenbag, Kim Cotton, Shivani Mishra, Sue
Redfern, Mary Waldron and Jacqueline Williams are the other women officials on
that panel. The first woman on the ICC Development Panel of Umpires was Kathy
Cross, who retired last year.
"We welcome Lakshmi and Eloise to our panels, which is an important step
forward in our commitment to encouraging women officials," Adrian Griffith, ICC Senior Manager - Umpires and Referees, said.
"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."
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 T20I matches.
"To be selected in the
international panel by the ICC is a huge honour for me as it opens up new avenues," she 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."