In a proud moment, former Indian cricketer, a match official has been named as the first female ICC match referee. She now is immediately eligible to referee all international matches.
The 51-year-old Lakshmi, who first officiated as a match referee in domestic women’s cricket in 2008-09, umpired three women’s One-day internationals and as many Twenty20s.
Her appointment came just after Australia’s Claire Polosak became the first woman umpire in a men’s ODI last month.
“To be selected in the international panel by the ICC is a huge honour for me as it opens up new avenues. 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,” said Lakshmi in a statement.
Lakshmi represented India for more than ten years and was a right-handed batter and medium pacer as well.