The International Cricket Council on Thursday decided to replace ‘batsman’ with the gender-neutral term ‘batsman’ in all its situations starting with this month’s Men’s T20 World Cup, a move that was a “natural and overdue development” in the sport. Told.
Last month, the Marylebone Cricket Club announced that it would replace the word ‘batsman’ with ‘batsman’ in the Laws of Cricket. This change will now be reflected in all ICC playing conditions going forward.
The ICC said that over the past four years it was moving away from the term ‘batsman’, with the term ‘batsman’ applied regularly in commentary and the organisation’s channels.
The organization’s acting CEO Geoff Allardyce said he “welcomed” the MCC’s decision to “batsmen” in the Laws of the Game.
“The ICC has been using the term batsman in our channels and commentary for some time now and we welcome the MCC’s decision to introduce it into the Laws of Cricket and will be in line with our Terms of Play derived from the laws,” said Allardyce. said in the statement.
“It is a natural and perhaps overdue evolution of our game and now our batsmen are gender-neutral like bowlers, fielders and wicket-keepers.”
He said it is a small change, but it will have a significant impact on cricket being seen as a more inclusive sport.
“Of course, language change alone will not lead to the development of the game, we must ensure that the girls and boys who inspire them to play cricket have a great, fun firsthand experience and both without any hindrance as cricketers. able to make progress.”
For ICC Hall of Famer and former Australia star Lisa Sthalekar, the ‘batsman’ move is a simple but significant one.
Unaware cricket was a game played by women as a child, Sthalekar went on to become one of Australia’s best players before venturing into commentary.
Having grown up using the word ‘batsman’ as a player, she clings to the word when she steps behind the microphone and remembers what a co-comer said in one of her early gigs. ‘Batter was for the fish.’
“We don’t say ‘hey look at that fielder’, we say ‘look at that fielder’. We don’t say ‘bowler’, we say ‘bowler’,” she said after the MCC’s decision.
“So if there’s a similar word to describe someone with a piece of wood in their hands, why wouldn’t we follow suit?”
The ICC said that it is worth noting that until this century, the phrase ‘fieldsman’ was an accepted term before the MCC came back in 2000.
Sthalekar is well aware that both ICC and MCC are moving to ‘batsman’ permanently that ‘batsman’ will still be heard occasionally in the media.
“It’s like a habit, it takes forever to get rid of it.”
But the more the ‘batsman’ is used, the more it will become the norm and with it the better cricket will connect with the next generation, he said.
Allardyce described the move as a “common sense change”.
“Why don’t we take a small step to make sure we’re a sport that doesn’t exclude 50 percent of the world’s population with outdated language choices.
“While some may have made a lot of noise against this common-sense change, much of the game has welcomed the move.”