Earlier this month, Claire Polosak had become the first ever woman umpire to officiate in a men’s One Day International Cricket Match. GS Lakshmi who is aged 51 years had already officiated in three women’s one-day international cricket matches and two T20 cricket matches. Laksmi already had an illustrious career as a cricketer and now being able to officiate in International cricket matches is a great honor for the veteran cricketing legend.
The Former Indian cricketer and match official is confident of putting her experience to best of use so as to have another amazing run as a match referee. Australia's Eloise Sheridan has joined compatriot Polosak on the ICC’s panel of umpires. Now the total number of women in the panel has risen up to 7. This is considered as a greater move to encourage female participation. The other women officials on the prestigious panel are Lauren Agenbag, Kim Cotton, Shivani Mishra, Sue Redfern, Jacqueline Williams, and Mary Waldron. Kathy Cross, the first woman on the panel had retired in the year 2018.
The move of appointing women officials comes as a welcoming step towards achieving gender Parity. However, all the appointments are based solely on merit. Candidates are evaluated through a proper evaluation process, which selects the most talented officials for the international cricket matches which require the most standard level of officiating.
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