Cricket Australia releases transgender policy

Ross Houston
August 12, 2019

Cricket Australia has announced the new guidelines for inclusion of transgender and gender-diverse people in community and elite cricket.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has spoken out against Cricket Australia and its decision to allow transgender people to compete at the highest level of the sport. Morrison argued, "There are far more practical ways than these heavy, mandatory ways of doing it".

Australian cricketer Megan Schutt insisted that regulation in this area would create a better outcome for all involved. "Why there's a necessity to get the sledgehammer out on this is mystifying me, but I think we need to get the issue in perspective and ensure we manage it calmly", the Prime Minister said.

The CEO of Cricket Australia, Kevin Roberts said, "It doesn't make any sense that today, people are discriminated against, harassed or excluded, because of who they are".

In accordance with the ICC's gender recognition policy, they will also beed to have a concentration of testosterone of less than 10 nanomoles per litre for a minimum of 12 months leading up to their gender nomination.

"As strength, stamina and physique are all relevant factors when competing in competitive sport, transgender and gender diverse players will be supported to participate in elite cricket, subject to certain criteria through the implementation of this policy", he added.

"It's fantastic", Erica James, a 44-year-old trans woman who stopped playing cricket when she was 15 because she did not want to play on a boys' team, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

'The moment that I realised that I could play in a team of women like me I was so surprised and so happy.

Cricket Australia have stated that the new policy will provide "players electing to participate in cricket in line with their gender identity, whether or not this aligns with the sex they were assigned at birth".

We won't be discriminating based on trans or gender diverse identity.

CA issued two policies on Thursday, one setting out the rules for "Elite" cricket, which they said was closely aligned with the 2017 International Cricket Council guidelines, and the other for "Community Cricket".

ACON said Cricket Australia, as a member of Pride in Sport, had continued to rightly demonstrate their passion for inclusion and diversity, ensuring that everyone involved in the sport - both on and off the pitch - feels welcome and included. "Our dedication to a fair and inclusive sport across worldwide and domestic competitions sees the policy strike a balance between the opportunity to participate and ensuring fair competition".

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