Cricket News: Notably, in 2017, it was agreed that in the Laws of the Game, the terms “batsman” and “batsmen” would be retained.
The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) announced amendments to the Cricket Laws on Wednesday. The club has decided to adopt the gender-neutral words “batter” and “batters” rather than “batsman” or “batsmen” to encourage gender equality.
The modifications take effect immediately, and the Laws of Cricket have been updated on the Lord’s official website as well. The website stated, “The shift to the batter is a natural step, harmonising with the words of bowlers and fielders that currently sit within the Laws.”
Notably, in 2017, it was agreed that in the Laws of the Game, the terms “batsman” and “batsmen” would be retained.
MCC has today announced amendments to the Laws of Cricket to use the gender-neutral terms “batter” and “batters”, rather than “batsman” or “batsmen”.
— Marylebone Cricket Club (@MCCOfficial) September 22, 2021
“The use of the term “batter” is a natural evolution in our shared cricketing vocabulary, and many in the sport have already accepted the nomenclature. “As the Guardians of the Laws, we are thrilled to announce these reforms today,” said Jamie Cox, Assistant Secretary (Cricket and Operations) at MCC.
Women’s cricket has grown significantly in recent years, and all of the governing bodies, as well as the ICC, are working to ensure that the sport is accessible to all. The T20 World Cup final between India and Australia drew a record audience to the stadium, and Lord’s just set a new record for a The Hundred women’s match when Oval Invincibles defeated Southern Brave in front of 17,116 fans.
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