A number of governing bodies and media organizations already use the term “drummer”.© TBEN
The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) announced on Wednesday that the gender-neutral term “batsman” will replace “batsman” with immediate effect, with the aim of strengthening the status of cricket as an inclusive game. The law amendments were approved by the MCC committee, after initial discussion by the club’s specialized law subcommittee. “The MCC believes that the use of gender-neutral terminology helps to strengthen the status of cricket as an inclusive game for all,” MCC, the custodians of the game of cricket, said in a statement.
“The changes are a natural evolution of work already undertaken in this area as well as an essential part of MCC’s overall responsibility for sport,” the statement added.
Women’s cricket has seen unprecedented growth at all levels around the world and calls have been made for more gender neutral terms to encourage women and girls to play.
A number of governing bodies and media organizations already use the term “drummer”.
“At the time of the last overhaul in 2017, it was agreed, after consultation with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and key figures in women’s cricket, that the terminology would remain as’ batsman ‘and’ batsmen “within the Laws of the Game,” MCC said.
“The changes announced today reflect the broader use of the terms ‘batter’ and ‘batter’ that occurred in cricket circles in the interim period. The shift to ‘batter’ is a natural progression, aligning with the terms of bowlers and defensive players who already fall under the law, ”added the MCC.
Jamie Cox, MCC Assistant Secretary (Cricket and Operations) said: “MCC believes cricket is a game for everyone and this decision recognizes the changing landscape of the game in modern times. may this adjustment be officially recognized and we are delighted, as Keepers of the Laws, to announce these changes today. “
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