ICC bans transgender women from international cricket
New regulations unveiled by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday prohibit transgender women who have undergone male puberty from participating in international women’s cricket.
The decision came after Canadian cricketer Danielle McGahey became the first transgender individual to play in an international match in September.
The ICC board, convening in Ahmedabad, India, states that “protection of the integrity of the women’s game, safety, fairness and inclusion”.
“Any male to female participants who have been through any form of male puberty will not be eligible to participate in the international women’s game regardless of any surgery or gender reassignment treatment they may have undertaken,” it said.
Following a nine-month consultation with cricket stakeholders, the ICC’s new policy will undergo a review within two years.
Inclusion and validity of transgenders has been a hot topic in global sports right now raising questions on fairness of competition.
Earlier this year, World Athletics (WA), the governing body for track and field and other running competitions, banned transgender women from competing in women’s events in international competitions.