England Cricket reviewing transgender policy to bring the domestic game in line with international rules

Following Cricket Australia’s footsteps, England Cricket Board (ECB) is currently reviewing its transgender inclusion policy. The review comes ahead of a new semi-professional women’s league starting in 2020.

England Women's Cricket Team
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England and Wales follow a socially inclusive policy where binary trans people play in the men’s or women’s domestic teams based on their self-identified gender. Current ECB rules don’t require trans women to comply with any medical requirements to play in women’s teams.

The managing director of women’s cricket, Claire Connor said, “We are reviewing our policy at the moment. Cricket Australia released theirs this week and it is pretty much in line with the International Cricket Council’s policy, which is medically driven.” “The ECB’s currently isn’t a medically driven policy. We will be reviewing that over the coming months,” she added.

ECB is especially looking at the policy for the elite level of the women’s game. An ECB spokesperson said, “Our position on transgender participation will be reviewed as part of our ongoing commitment to regularly review all governance policies.”

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