ICC To Replace Word Batsman With Batter


  • MCC said it would be replacing the word batsman with batter
  • ICC to switch to inclusive ‘batter’ from T20 World Cup onwards
  • ICC said for past 4 years it has been moving away from the word ‘batsman

ICC acting CEO Geoff Allardice said the MCC’s decision to move to ‘batter’ in the Laws of the game was one they ‘welcomed’.

“The ICC has been utilizing the term batter for some time now across our channels and in commentary and we welcome the MCC’s decision to implement it into the Laws of cricket and will follow suit with our playing conditions that are derived from the Laws,” Allardice said. “This is a natural and perhaps overdue evolution of our sport and now our batters are gender-neutral in the same way as bowlers, fielders, and wicket keepers!

“It’s a small change, but one that I hope will have a significant impact on cricket being viewed as a more inclusive sport. Of course, language changes alone will not grow the sport, we must ensure that girls and boys who are inspired to play cricket have a fantastic, fun first experience and are both able to progress as cricketers without barriers.”

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