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India’s GS Lakshmi becomes first woman to be appointed to ICC International Panel of Match Referees

The International Cricket Council (ICC) appointed India’s GS Lakshmi as the first female 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 immediate effect.

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.

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.

Adrian Griffith, ICC Senior Manager - Umpires and Referees: “We welcome Lakshmi and Eloise to our panels, which is an important step forward in our commitment to encouraging women officials. 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.

“We are committed to ensuring greater gender parity among our officials, but all appointments are made purely on merit. Elevation is as a result of a thorough evaluation process that identifies the most talented match officials breaking through to an international level. It is pleasing that through consistent high performance, we are able to add more women to our panels. 

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BCCI conducts a record 2000th domestic match of 2018-19 season

For the first time in the history of Indian Cricket, 37 teams participated in various BCCI tournaments across all age groups.

The Indian domestic cricket witnessed a significant moment as it hosted the 2000th game of the ongoing 2018-2019 season. The number has significantly gone up from 1108 games last season to 2024.

As many as 6927 registrations were received for the ongoing season and over 4600 players featured in Playing XI. For the first time in the history of Indian Cricket, Cricket Association of Pondicherry, Uttarakhand, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram took part in the BCCI run tournaments across all age groups and categories, taking the overall strength of domestic teams to 37. Bihar also has played in all the Board Tournaments this season after a gap of 18 years.

Considering it was the maiden season for all new teams, the BCCI operations team provided the new teams with administrative and logistic support, including hotels & flight tickets, as well as arranging venues as home base to train and host matches for the teams that did not have required number of grounds.

The ongoing domestic season witnessed 105 different cities hosting games. In a season window of 254 days, 3444 match days were accommodated, which on an average meant close to 14 games were held each day of the season.

Break-up of tournament and matches

Match Formats

No. of matches (2000)

Multi Day (3 Days)

86

Multi Day (4 days)

469

Multi Day (5 days)

9

One Day

883

T20

553


Format and age category break-up

Age Category

Format

No. of matches

Men U23

Multi Day (4 days)

151

Men U23

One Day

158

Men U19

Multi Day (4 days)

145

Men U19

One Day

166

Women U23

One Day

72

Women U23

T20

137

Men U16

Multi Day (3 Days)

86

Men U16

Multi Day (4 days)

11

Sr Men

Multi Day (4 days)

162

Sr Men

Multi Day (5 days)

9

Sr Men

One Day

183

Sr Men

T20

140

Sr Women

One Day

161

Sr Women

T20

146

Women U19

One Day

143

Women U19

T20

130


A detailed lowdown on the results of each category

Category

Match Type

Win

Draw

Abandoned

No Result

Tied

Grand Total

Hundreds

Men Junior

Multiday

273

118

 

 

 

391

448

Men Junior

One Day

301

 

6

 

1

308

97

Men Senior

Multiday

105

60

 

 

 

165

222

Men Senior

One Day

145

 

15

4

 

164

69

Men Senior

T20

136

 

 

4

 

140

13

Women Junior

One Day

250

 

12

 

1

263

27

Women Junior

T20

262

 

4

1

 

267

9

Women Senior

One Day

149

 

3

2

1

155

23

Women Senior

T20

137

 

3

 

 

140

4

BCCI Staff

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