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MCC changes 'batsman' to 'batter' in Laws of Cricket

22 September 2021 - 16:16 By Reuters
Sam Wright (Director WilkinsonEyre Architects), Guy Lavender (Chief Executive & Secretary, MCC) and Robert Ebdon ( MCC, Assistant Secretary (Estates and Ground Development) pose for a photograph at Lord's Cricket Ground on September 16, 2020 in London, England. Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is marking exactly one year of redevelopment of the Compton and Edrich Stands at Lord's Cricket Ground.
Sam Wright (Director WilkinsonEyre Architects), Guy Lavender (Chief Executive & Secretary, MCC) and Robert Ebdon ( MCC, Assistant Secretary (Estates and Ground Development) pose for a photograph at Lord's Cricket Ground on September 16, 2020 in London, England. Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is marking exactly one year of redevelopment of the Compton and Edrich Stands at Lord's Cricket Ground.
Image: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The term 'batsman' has been amended to the gender-neutral term 'batter' in the Laws of Cricket to stress the importance of women's cricket, the Marylebone Cricket Club said on Wednesday.

England beat India in the 2017 women's World Cup final in front of a capacity crowd at Lord's while the women's World Twenty20 final between Australia and India last year attracted more than 80,000 to the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The International Cricket Council, the world governing body of the sport, requires all 12 of its full members to have a national women's team.

The Lord's-based MCC, the sole authority on the laws of cricket since it was founded in 1787, said the changes are effective 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 organisations 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 feature at the Commonwealth Games for the first time at the 2022 Games in Birmingham, England. 

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