Anna Harris becomes the second youngest referee to officiate a major ICC tournament.© Twitter
Anna Harris became the second youngest referee to officiate a major ICC tournament when she took to the field in the 2023 T20 Women’s World Cup match between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Cape Town. South Africa’s Lauren Agenbag remains the youngest after refereeing during the T20 WC 2020. The British referee was part of an all-female panel selected for the match, which featured 17 players older than her on Friday. Anna Harris is currently studying medicine and working as a medical staff. She will also become the youngest international referee ever in 2021 at the age of 22.
In May 2021, Harris joined Yvonne Dolphin-Cooper in an ECB Premier League game – the first time two female officials have appeared in a game. In a recent interview, the 24-year-old made it clear that two female officials need to be regulated on the cricket field.
While it’s a remarkable achievement, Harris noted: “When I stand with Yvonne, the main reaction people have is ‘Well, why didn’t this happen sooner? Why are we taking two It’s so important for women to stand together. It should be normal,” she told NationalWorld.
“Attitudes are shifting, and that’s the biggest step. It’s about making some brave decisions, and I think we have the right people in our organization to make some brave decisions right now.”
“I’m glad to see May Lanning. She’s been an inspiration to me and to many – she’s just top-notch,” Harris added.
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