In a historic step, Cricket Australia has announced the inclusion of transgenders and gender diverse people in elite and community cricket. Cricket’s governing body announced the plans on Thursday after discussions with key stakeholders last October.
According to Cricket Australia’s policy, those who wish to play in the state and national women’s teams have set a testosterone (male and female hormone test) limit for transgender and gender-diverse players. The transgender player will have to meet the testosterone criteria to join Australia’s women’s team. Transgender players will be required to test testosterone concentrations of at least 10 nanometers per liter in 12 months.
Cricketers will also have to demonstrate that their gender is consensual. It should be one with which they are living their daily lives. This decision of the Australian Cricket Board closely links to the ICC’s Gender Diversity Guidelines. The guidelines also include providing necessary facilities, collecting privacy and personal information.
“Discrimination of any sort has no place in the game,” Roberts said. “Our dedication to a fair and inclusive sport across international and domestic competitions sees the policy strike a balance between the opportunity to participate and ensuring fair competition,” said Cricket Australia’s executive Kevin Roberts.