Cricket Australia has today announced the direction for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in elite and community cricket.
Cricket Australia has developed an Elite Cricket Policy and Guidelines for Community Cricket to support players electing to participate in cricket in line with their gender identity, whether or not this aligns with the sex they were assigned at birth.
The Elite Cricket Policy is aligned to the International Cricket Council’s Eligibility on the Basis of Gender Recognition and provides transgender and gender diverse cricketers guidance on how they can compete at the highest levels of the sport, consistent with their gender identity.
Kevin Roberts, CEO of Cricket Australia said, “Today we demonstrate our commitment to include people with an affirmed gender identity in the game at every level and ensure all people in our communities experience Australian cricket’s inclusive culture.”
James Allsopp, the CEO of Cricket ACT, and Martin Gleeson, the Area Manager for Southern NSW and ACT, confirmed that they will support the new policy and guidelines.
Allsopp stated, “Cricket Australia’s announcement today is a milestone moment in sport. Cricket is demonstrating our inclusive culture for participation in elite and community cricket in line with gender identity.”
It is Cricket ACT’s utmost priority that those involved in any level of cricket feel safe and welcome. Allsopp continues, “Cricket ACT fully supports the direction for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people. It highlights that everybody, regardless of age, race, culture, gender, or religion, is welcome to play our great game.”
Cricket Australia worked with numerous health professionals, experts and board members to develop the new policy and guidelines.
Roberts noted, “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.”
While other sporting organsations have policies around elite sport, Cricket Australia is the first to formalise guidelines on this matter at a community level.
The Guidelines for Community Cricket will assist clubs, schools, players, administrators, coaches and other volunteers deliver a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment, free of harassment and discrimination.
Martin Gleeson stated that the Community Cricket staff will support associated organisations in understanding and implementing the new guidelines.
Gleeson also noted that the guidelines are useful in their depth of information; “the guidelines cover respectful and inclusive language, appropriate uniforms, considerations for making their existing facilities more inclusive and the collecting and use of personal information.”
You can find more information through the resources below.
- The policy for the Inclusion of Transgender and Gender Diverse Players in Elite Cricket can be found here.
- The guidelines for Inclusion of Transgender and Gender Diverse Players in Community Cricket can be found here.
- Watch the video of Alex Blackwell (Australian Cricketer and former Australian Captain) and Erica James (Transgender Cricketer from Universities Women’s Cricket Club in Sydney, NSW) explaining the elite policy and community guidelines.