Cricket news: Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which governs the laws of cricket, made some amendments to the laws of cricket and rechristened the term ‘batsman’ to a gender-neutral term ‘batter’. The lawmakers officially announced the terminology on Wednesday with immediate effect.
The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in London is the law-making body of cricket. The club has been recognised as the authority on cricketing laws since it was founded in 1787.
The change has been introduced as part of the natural evolution of the game to make the sports more gender-inclusive and make women cricket more welcoming. The terms ‘batsman/batsmen’ has been used since 1744 according to The Times. The body informed that the new terminology would be used in their printed editions as per the latest updates.
“At the time of the last redraft in 2017 it was agreed, following consultation with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and key figures within women’s cricket, that the terminology would remain as ‘batsman’ and ‘batsmen’ within the Laws of the game. The changes announced today reflect the wider usage of the terms ‘batter’ and ‘batters’ which has occurred in cricketing circles in the intervening period. The move to ‘batter’ is a natural progression, aligning with the terms of bowlers and fielders that already sit within the Laws,” the lawmakers said on their website.
amie Cox, Assistant Secretary (Cricket and Operations) at MCC said: “MCC believes in cricket being a game for all and this move recognises the changing landscape of the game in modern times.
“Use of the term “batter” is a natural evolution in our shared cricketing language and the terminology has already been adopted by many of those involved in the sport. It is the right time for this adjustment to be recognised formally and we are delighted, as the Guardians of the Laws, to announce these changes today.”