Cricket Australia, the governing body of the sport in Australia has come up with an elite-level policy that will ensure the participation of gender diverse players in cricket. A community guideline has also been conceived to support players with various gender identities.
The CEO of Cricket Australia, Kevin Roberts says as strength, stamina and physique are all relevant factors in sport, transgender and gender diverse players will be supported to participate in top flight cricket, subject to certain criteria.
He added more, “Discrimination of any sorts has no place in the game. Our dedication to a fair and inclusive sport across international and domestic competitions sees the policy strike balance between the opportunity to participate and ensuring fair competition.”
Here’s the official tweet from Cricket Australia.
Today we take a major step to ensure inclusiveness is at the heart of Australian Cricket.
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) August 7, 2019
For taking part in women-elite category, transgender players will have to demonstrate a concentration of testosterone in serum less than 10 nanomoles per liter continuously for 12 months or so.
The CEO also said the policy will be in sync with the International Cricket Council’s Eligibility on the Basis of Gender Recognition, with a referral process to an expert panel had been established to ensure fair and meaningful competition.
Australia Cricketer, Megan Schutt welcomed the move and stressed the important of inclusion. She commented, “Now that we know that anyone who is transgender or gender diverse has a chance to play cricket at the highest level- and rightfully so-I am confident that the elite cricket policy will provide a fair process for transgender and gender diverse cricketers to embark on that pathway.”
Source: The Guardian