India's <a href="https://www.india.com/sports/indias-gs-lakshmi-becomes-first-female-icc-match-referee-3658297/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">GS Lakshmi will create history</a> as the first female match referee to oversee a men's One-Day International in the opening match of the third series of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup League 2 in the United Arab Emirates. <p></p> <p></p>As per an ICC release, Lakshmi will oversee the match taking place on December 8 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The match will be played between the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. <p></p> <p></p>ICC Men's Cricket World Cup League 2 provides a chance for all the participating nations to take a shot at qualification for ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, scheduled to be played. The tournament aims to provide development opportunities for officials. <p></p> <p></p>This is the second significant achievement for Lakshmi this year, following her appointment as the first woman onto the ICC International Panel of Match Referees in May. The 51-year old who first officiated as a match referee in domestic women's cricket in 2008-09, has now overseen three women's ODI matches. <p></p> <p></p>In the past, Lakshmi had also supervised 16 men's T20 Internationals and seven women's T20 Internationals. <p></p> <p></p>Lakshmi was thrilled of her achievement: "It feels great, having anything assigned ''first'' to your name gives me a sense of pride. This being a big ICC event (ICC Men's Cricket World Cup League 2) it feels great to be officiating at this level." <p></p> <p></p>Speaking of how she first got into cricket and her time as a player Lakshmi recounts how cricket secured her place at college. "I played cricket with my brothers and friends, when they (the college) saw my skills, I had a natural bowling action, they immediately accepted me to the college and I then played for my state in domestic cricket for 18 years." <p></p> <p></p>Lakshmi is hopeful other women can follow in her footsteps of officiating in the game. "These qualification events provide a good platform to prepare officials and provide them with opportunities to gain valuable experience. I hope my promotion to the ICC International Panel of Match Referees and records like this can inspire many females. This is definitely another career opportunity for women." <p></p> <p></p>Adrian Griffith, ICC Senior Manager -- Umpires and Referees: "Congratulations to GS Lakshmi on becoming the first women match referee to oversee a Men's One Day International. It is thoroughly deserved and highlights the wonderful opportunities there are for females in cricket officiating."