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Transgender is Cricket



Source: ESPN Cricinfo

 Context: The ICC has implemented a significant change to its gender eligibility regulations, prohibiting any player who has transitioned from male to female and undergone any form of male puberty from participating in women’s international cricket.


Why the prohibition?

ICC’s new policy is to protect the integrity of the women’s game, safety, fairness, and inclusion. Also, Physiological differences established during puberty can create significant performance advantages. Testosterone boosts athletic performance by increasing muscle mass, strength, and haemoglobin levels.

What does other sports body do?

  • World Athletics (WA): Differences in sex development (DSD) athletes must keep their Testosterone below 2.5 nmol/L for 24 months to participate in the female category across events.
  • World governing bodies for cycling (UCI) and swimming (FINA) and World Rugby barred trans women from competing in women’s events.
  • As per the International Olympic Committee (IOC), it is the responsibility of individual federations to determine eligibility criteria in their sport for transgender people.


Impact of the ruling?

This ruling affects Danielle McGahey, the first transgender player in international cricket, who will no longer be able to compete in women’s international games. The policy will be reviewed within two years.


About ICC

The International Cricket Council (HQ: Dubai) is the global governing body of cricket. It was founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference in 1909 by representatives from Australia, England, and South Africa. It was renamed as the International Cricket Conference in 1965 and adopted its current name in 1987