MCC changes ‘Batsman‘ to ‘Batter‘ in Laws of Cricket: The term “batsman” has been changed in the Laws of Cricket to the gender-neutral term “batter“. This is to emphasize the importance of the women’s game, the Marylebone Cricket Club said Wednesday.
England beat India in the 2017 Women’s World Cup final in front of a huge crowd at Lord’s. While the Twenty20 Women’s World Cup final between Australia and India last year drew more than 80,000 to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, bringing indicates the growing popularity of the female game. The Lord’s MCC, the sole authority on cricket law. Since its inception in 1787, said the changes will take effect immediately.
“MCC believes that the use of gender-neutral terminology helps reinforce cricket’s status as an inclusive game for all,” the club said in a statement.
“The amendments are a natural evolution from work already undertaken in this area as well as an essential part of MCC’s global responsibility to the sport.
“A number of governing Bodies and media organizations are already using the term “batter” in their playing conditions and reporting. We expect and encourage others to adopt the updated terminology following today’s announcement of the change to the Laws.”
Women’s cricket will be featured for the first time at the Commonwealth Games 2022 Games in Birmingham, England.
The MCC, the sport’s most prestigious club welcomed its first full member in 2018. 20 years after a vote on the admission of women.
Former England captain Clare Connor, executive director of the women’s cricket board. The Cricket Board of England and Wales will become the club’s first president next month when she takes over from Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara.