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 requirements for serum testosterone levels to remain less than 10nmol/L for 12 moths prior to competition and for the duration of competition.
Most international sporting bodies have variants of this policy in place. Cricket Australia implementing such a policy removes any doubt about how people can participate in the sport of cricket at the national and international level.
What do the community guidelines say?
The guidelines for inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in community cricket is a tool for clubs, players and all other members of the cricket community to create an environment that is inclusive and welcoming of transgender and gender diverse players.
Eligibility guidance is given in the guidelines, which state that players can participate in community cricket in accordance with their gender identity. Unlike the elite policy, these guidelines make no mention of testosterone to support the diverse ways in which people may choose to affirm their gender.
The guidelines also provide information on other factors that foster inclusive and welcoming environments such as language, uniforms, facilities and how personal information is collected and used.
What does Proud 2 Play think?
We have worked closely with the sport of cricket for many years, most prominently with Cricket Victoria who are national leaders in this space. We have also worked with the Sydney Sixers on their Big Bash League Pride Match and the Western Australian Cricket Association.
As such, we are thrilled to see the national body of a sport close to our hearts taking leadership in this space. These guidelines and policy will no doubt set the standard for other organisations to strive to reach in supporting LGBTI+ inclusion in their sports.