Cricket Australia have this morning released new guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in community cricket and policy for inclusion in elite cricket.
The release comes off the back of nearly 12 months of consultation with people from the LGBTI+ and cricketing community to ensure the creation of robust and inclusive policy and guidelines.
CEO of Cricket Australia, Kevin Roberts said, “It doesn’t make any sense that today, people are discriminated against, harassed or excluded, because of who they are. And that’s not right.
“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.”
Cricket Australia become one of the first national sporting organisations to release such guidelines and policy, which demonstrate leadership in the LGBTI+ inclusion in sport space.
Until now, many transgender and gender diverse sports participants had no guidance on how they should be eligible to participate in sport in Australia. Similarly, sports clubs also had no guidance on how they can best support inclusion of the transgender and gender diverse community in their club environment.
Click here to read the elite policy and click here to read the community guidelines. Otherwise, read on below for a short synopsis of what they mean.
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Why the distinction between elite and community cricket?
As you may know, most international sporting bodies, including the International Cricket Council (ICC), have certain policies in place for participation in the women’s division of elite sport around testosterone levels.
Drawing a distinction between elite policy and community guidelines for sports participation has become a necessary way for sporting organisations to address elite level requirements set by organisations like the ICC while still supporting total inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people regardless of how they choose to affirm their gender identity.
What does the elite policy say?
Cricket Australia’s policy on inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in elite cricket contains a number of clauses around eligibility that relate to participation in cricket at the national and international level. In other words, if I want to participate in cricket at the highest level, what do I need to do?
This policy essentially passes on requirements set in the ICC’s Eligibility on the Basis of Gender Recognition. Firstly, a player is eligible to participate in elite cricket in accordance with their gender identity. Secondly, the policy makes mention of requ