“Inclusion matters in every sense,” Schutt said.
“Cricket Australia's vision is to be a sport for all, so everyone deserves to be included.
“To have a policy and guidelines that includes transgender and gender diverse players will create a better environment for everybody to play the game.”
Commencing consultation with key stakeholders in October 2018, Cricket Australia has developed an Elite Cricket Policy and Guidelines for Community Cricket to support players electing to participate in cricket in line with their gender identity, whether or not this aligns with the sex they were assigned at birth.
The Elite Cricket Policy aligns closely with the International Cricket Council’s Eligibility on the Basis of Gender Recognition and provides transgender and gender diverse cricketers guidance on how they can compete at the highest levels of the sport, consistent with their gender identity.
As an additional measure, a referral process to an Expert Panel has been established to ensure fair and meaningful competition.
“Now that we know that anyone who is transgender or gender diverse has a chance to play cricket at the highest level - and rightfully so - I'm confident that the elite cricket policy will provide a fair process for transgender and gender diverse cricketers to embark on that pathway,” Schutt said.
The Guidelines for Community Cricket will assist clubs, players, administrators, coaches and other volunteers deliver a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment, free of harassment and discrimination for gender diverse players at the game’s grassroots.
The policy for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse players in Elite Cricket can be found here.
The guidelines for inclusion of transgender and gender diverse players in Community Cricket can be found here.