Cricket Board to review transgender policy

Friday, August 16, 2019

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is to review its policy on transgender participation in the women’s game but is not expecting to make major changes.

The sport's governing body currently allows a man who self-identifies as female to compete in domestic competitions, regardless of medical transition treatment.

Only those who play for the national team must comply have below a particular level of testosterone in their body, in line with the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) guidelines.

The policy review follows a move by Cricket Australia to also adopt the ICC rules for transgender females playing cricket at national level.

In a statement, the ECB said: “We are proud that this model promotes an inclusive environment for all participants in domestic and recreational cricket.”

A spokeswoman for campaign group Fair Play for Women argued that allowing males who identify as female to compete in domestic leagues without any medical requirements is “simply not fair”.

Nicola Williams told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer that transgender athletes who have not undergone medical changes are at an unfair physical advantage.

"It's well accepted that females do not have the same level of performance as males, not because they're not as good as males, but because our bodies are different."

She argued the ECB’s policy has “essentially opened the female game to a set of males” and “excludes women from their own game.”

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