News from Sri Lanka: Sports, Cricket
The International Cricket Council on Tuesday named G.S. Lakshmi as the first woman on the international panel of match referees, making her eligible to take control of men’s games.
The 51-year-old Lakshmi, who first officiated as a match referee in domestic women’s cricket in 2008-09, has overseen three women’s one-day internationals and three Twenty20s.
Her appointment came just after Australia’s Claire Polosak became the first woman umpire in a men’s ODI last month.
Meanwhile, Australia’s Eloise Sheridan has joined Polosak on the ICC’s umpires development panel, taking the number of women on the body that provides umpires for all internationals to eight.