The ICC has banned transgender players born as boys from international women’s cricket.
In a statement released on Tuesday morning, the governing body concluded that they made the decision following a nine-month consultation process to protect the safety of female athletes.
The statement read: ‘The new policy is based on the following principles (in order of priority), the protection of the integrity of women’s sports, safety, fairness and inclusion, this means and every male and female participant in each has passed through each category. of eligible men will not be eligible to participate in international women’s sports regardless of gender reassignment surgery or treatment they may have undergone.
The review, chaired by the ICC Health Advisory Committee led by Dr Peter Harcourt, only concerns gender eligibility for women’s international cricket, while gender eligibility at domestic level is a matter for a member of the Board, which can be affected by regions him. law.
‘The principle will be reviewed in two years.’
ICC chief executive Geoff Alardice added: ‘This change to the gender eligibility criteria is the result of an extensive research process and is scientifically based and consistent with the principles developed during the research.
‘Addition is very important to us as a sport, but our priority is to protect the integrity of the international women’s game and the safety of the players.’
The ICC’s previous player eligibility rules issued in 2018 before being amended three years later stated that trans women wishing to compete in international women’s cricket were required to demonstrate a ‘testosterone concentration in his serum of less than 5 nmol/L1 going forward for a. a period of at least 12 months, and that he is ready, willing and able to keep it under that level for as long as he continues to compete.’
They are also required to ‘produce a written and signed statement, in a form satisfactory to the appointed health officer, that the gender identity is female.’
Canada’s Danielle McGahey became the first transgender cricketer named in the women’s international team earlier this year.
McGahey, who was born in Australia before moving to Canada in 2020, transitioned to a female relationship in November 2020 and began a medical transition in May 2021.
The 29-year-old made his T20 international debut against Brazil in September.