International Women’s Cricket: ICC Bans Transgender Players

The International Cricket Council (ICC), at a meeting dated November 21, 2023, approved gender eligibility regulations barring players who have been through any form of male puberty from participating in international women’s games. This ineligibility is set to apply regardless of any surgery or gender reassignment treatment undergone by the players.

This approval follows a 9-month consultation process with the stakeholders. The new policy seeks to ensure “protection of the integrity of the women’s game, safety, fairness and inclusion.” However, it only applies to international women’s cricket, and decisions pertaining to gender eligibility at the domestic level must be made by the respective member boards with due regard to local legislation. The regulations would reportedly be reviewed within 2 years.

Before this decision was taken, the 2018 regulations provided that transgender players were eligible to participate in the female category of the competition subject to the submission of a declaration regarding gender identity and proving to the Expert Panel that the testosterone concentration in their serum was less than 5 nmol/L.

Speaking on this development, Geoff Allardice, ICC Chief Executive, expressed, “The changes to the gender eligibility regulations resulted from an extensive consultation process and is founded in science and aligned with the core principles developed during the review. Inclusivity is incredibly important to us as a sport, but our priority was to protect the integrity of the international women’s game and the safety of players.”