Cricket ‘Batsmen’ renamed ‘Batters’ as the sport tries to be more gender neutral

A cricket law which dates back over 250 years has been amended to replace the term "batsman" with "batter" in a bid to make the sport more inclusive.

The gender-neutral word will replace the current phrase, which has been a part of the cricket rule book since 1744, with immediate effect.

The switch means the men's and women's game are more in harmony as female cricketers, for the most part, refer to themselves as 'batters'.

It is a change introduced by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), who oversee various rules and regulations in the sport, and one which was considered but ultimately rejected in 2017.

That was when the rules were last reviewed. In the four years since there has been a change of heart and 'batter' will now join the already gender-neutral terms 'bowler' and 'fielder'.

It seems the growth in popularity of the women's game has increased the pressure on the governing body to introduce the reform.

This summer's Hundred tournament, which saw the men's and women's tournaments run in tandem, was a hit and a possible motivating factor.

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An official statement read: "MCC believes that the use of gender-neutral terminology helps reinforce cricket's status as an inclusive game for all.

"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.

"The changes are effective immediately and updates have been made to the Laws of Cricket published (online), with the Laws of Cricket App and printed editions to be amended accordingly at their next updates.

"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.

"The move to 'batter' is a natural progression, aligning with the terms of bowlers and fielders that already sit within the Laws."

The change received a largely positive reception amongst the cricket community, with ex-England captain Michael Vaughan saying: "Let’s be honest if this has annoyed you get a life .. it’s absolutely fine & a good move .. #OnOn."
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