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ICC Empowers Women’s Cricket with All-Female Panel for Upcoming T20 World Cup

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed an all-female panel to officiate at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, which will commence in February 2023.

There has never been an all-female panel with such responsibility in the history of ICC global events, but 13 officials – 10 umpires and three referees – will all be women in the global event in South Africa.

“This statement is a reflection of our desire… and just the beginning of our journey to ensure that men and women have equal opportunities throughout our sport,” ICC General Manager – Cricket Wasim Khan said, according to icc-cricket.com.
He went on to say that at an age when gender equality is still a hot topic in sports, the ICC wants to set a good example for the rest of the globe. He went on to say that every member of the honourable panel, whether umpires, commentators, or match referees, would be provided equal and abundant chances and facilities.

“We are dedicated to continue to assist our female match officials and give chances to display their abilities on the world stage. “I wish them the best of luck in the competition,” he continued.

Snehal Pradhan, a famous face of women’s cricket and former India player who is now the ICC manager for women’s cricket, also offered her thoughts on the historic action by the game’s global governing organisation.
“When young women and girls witness that, they feel they can be it as well. That is only one of the many reasons why this match officials panel is so unique. It demonstrates to the next generation that there is a profession and a road that leads to the pinnacle of the game, the World Cup, even if you are not a player. It demonstrates that there are several ways to be engaged,” Pradhan added.