Cricket Australia made it official that transgender players are allowed to play according to the gender with which they identify. This new guideline applies to both amateurs as well as professional cricket. The decision is considered by many as a death blow to women’s cricket.
Earlier this week, Cricket Australia announced its very elite policy. According to these new guidelines, players are allowed to play in line with the gender they identify with and not necessarily in line with their born gender. This comprehensive policy would let transgender cricketers play on the top-ranked level of Australian cricket. The request for a medical examination to verify their gender would be prohibited. Kevin Roberts, CEO of Cricket Australia emphasized the fact that players who are seeking the opportunity to play in the elite female cricket teams of the country would have to deliver proof of testosterone levels which is below ten nanomoles per litre for a continuous period of 12 months. He stated that discrimination within the world of Australian cricket wouldn’t be tolerated. Cricket Australia is dedicated to inclusive and fair play both nationally as well as on the international level.
Guidelines to be Incorporated on Grassroot Levels
Roberts further expanded on the topic stating that cricket on all levels will be inclusive, also that played on a grassroots level. Proper guidelines will be passed on to these clubs to ensure that clubs and players, coaches and even volunteers will have a free, safe, inclusive and welcoming environment to play in. Megan Schutt, an Australian cricketer, also welcomed the policy. She stated that she feels that the system promotes inclusion in every possible way.
Not All Are As Excited About the New Policy
All don’t share the excitement about the new policy. Scott Morrison, the Australian prime minister, is one of them. He expressed his concern that the plan is not appropriate. He is convinced that there are better alternatives for treating situations where transgender people desire to play cricket, and he mentioned that making the policy mandatory is an extreme action towards dealing with the situation. His reply was fuelled by an article which appeared slightly earlier, stating that when gender exclusion is practised even by a club which is being run in suburbs by parents, they can be prosecuted for their actions of gender exclusion.
Further objection against the policy came from John Whiteball, a professor in Paediatrics at the Western Sydney University. He thinks that the system can be utterly detrimental to the future of female sports. Men will remain physically stronger than women. Allowing those who identify with the female gender to compete against women will dramatically reduce female player’s possibilities of achieving. He is also convinced that playing against someone physically stronger than you can crush your confidence as a young child. His opinion is that the policy is limiting the options of women cricketers who have worked hard to achieve. Gender-inclusive policies have been causing a number of this kind of concerns globally already.