ICC GENDER POLICY : PLACE FOR TRANSGENDERS IN CRICKET

The ICC adopted and implemented the Gender Recognition Policy in order to facilitate the participation of Transgender players at the international level of the sport in the category of competition that is consistent with their gender identity. The Policy came into effect on 20 February 2017 and applies to both cases arising prior to that date and to cases arising after that date.

The ICC via this policy recognises that Transgender players may wish to compete in cricket in accordance with their gender identity. In order to encourage and facilitate such participation, on conditions that go only so far as is necessary to protect the safety of all participants and to deliver on the promise of fair and meaningful competition offered by the division of the sport into male and female categories of competition is the aim of ICC for bringing about this policy.

The term ‘Transgender’ is used in this Policy to refer to individuals whose gender identity is different from the biological sex assigned to them at birth (whether they are pre- or postpuberty, and whether or not they have undergone any form of medical intervention).

This Policy is based on the principles set out in the IOC’s Transgender Guidelines. It reflects a broad medical, scientific and legal consensus as to the approach required to achieve equal opportunities for transgenders. Since the Policy is intended to operate globally, regulating the conditions for participation in international-level events, it is to be interpreted and applied not by reference to national or local laws, but rather as an independent and autonomous text, and in a manner that protects and advances the imperatives of the same. It establishes the conditions enabling Transgender players to compete in International Matches in the category of competition that is consistent with their gender identity.

ICC recommends that each National Cricket Federation should adopt its own regulations to determine the eligibility of Transgender players to compete in events taking place under its own jurisdiction. At the level of national championships (or similar), it is recommended that this Policy is followed. At lower levels, however, less stringent eligibility requirements may be imposed, where appropriate.

Eligibility conditions for female-to-male Transgender players  :

To be eligible to participate in the male category of competition at an International Match, a female-to-male Transgender player must provide a written and signed declaration, in a form satisfactory to the Designated Medical Officer, that his gender identity is male. As soon as reasonably practicable following receipt of such declaration, the Designated Medical Officer will issue a written certification of that player’s eligibility to compete in the male category of competition in International Matches.

Eligibility conditions for male-to-female Transgender players :

To be eligible to participate in the female category of competition at an International Match, a male-to-female Transgender player must provide a written and signed declaration, in a form satisfactory to the Designated Medical Officer, that her gender identity is female; and she must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Expert Panel (on the balance of probabilities), in accordance with Article 4, that the concentration of testosterone in her serum has been less than 10 nmol/L1 continuously for a period of at least 12 months, and that she is ready, willing and able to continue to keep it below that level for so long as she continues to compete in the female category of competition.

The policy further states that player shall be forced to undergo any medical assessment and/or treatment. It is the player’s responsibility, in close consultation with her medical team, to decide on the advisability of proceeding with any assessment and/or treatment. Deciding not to do so may have consequences in terms of the player’s eligibility to participate in International Matches in the category of competition that is consistent with his/her gender identity, but it will not be considered a breach of any rule.
For a Transgender player to compete in the category of competition at an International Match that is consistent with his/her gender identity legal recognition of the player’s gender identity as the player’s sex; or surgical anatomical changes are the imperatives.

However, the case of the players falling under this category is to examined by expert panel and sanctions shall be imposed in case of discrepancies .

ICC GENDER POLICY : ICC-Gender-Recognition-Policy-effective-from-20-February-2017

 

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