MCC adopts gender-neutral term ‘batters’ as Laws of Cricket are amended
The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has adopted the gender-neutral "batter" and "batters" in place of "batsman" and "batsmen" in the laws of the game.
The changes, which are effective immediately, have been approved by the MCC Committee. The MCC, custodians of the laws of cricket, called the amendments "an essential part of MCC's global responsibility to the sport".
"MCC believes in cricket being a game for all and this move recognises the changing landscape of the game in modern times," Jamie Cox, MCC assistant secretary (cricket and operations) said.
He added that the term 'batter' is a natural evolution in the 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."
The matter was previously addressed in 2017, but no change was made then and it was agreed that the terminology would remain as 'batsman' and 'batsmen' within the Laws of the game.
"Women's cricket has enjoyed unprecedented growth at all levels around the world in the same period. England's victory over India in the 2017 World Cup Final took place in front of a capacity crowd at Lord's. A record international crowd saw Australia defeat India in the T20 World Cup Final in Melbourne three years later and earlier this year, Lord's broke the record for a domestic women's match as 17,116 watched Oval Invincibles defeat Southern Brave."