Cricket law changes ‘batsman’ to ‘batter’

Girl batting in a cricket match
Batter not batsman

MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) has introduced a change in the Laws of Cricket replacing the term “batsman” with “batter”. The change, that has been ruled as being effective immediately, is aimed at making the game of cricket more gender neutral.

With Women’s cricket becoming ever more popular by the day, the use of the term ‘batsman’ to refer to all genders was becoming a problem. The new term ‘batter’ is a ‘better’ term (excuse the pun) addressing the issue of gender neutrality once and for all.

The International Cricket Council (ICC), the body the governs Cricket worldwide, has also taken steps to promote Women’s Cricket, for instance, by requiring all 12 of its full members to have a national women’s team.

The Laws of Cricket is a code which specifies the rules of the game of cricket. The earliest known code was drafted in 1744 and, since 1788, it has been owned and maintained by its custodian, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at the Lords in London.

Although MCC is a private club, it has been the sole authority on the Laws of Cricket since its inception in 1787 owning its exclusive copyrights.

MCC also used to be the governing body of cricket which role was eventually assumed by the ICC. MCC, however, still remains the exclusive custodian and rule maker of the Laws of cricket.

In another development, the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, will make history with the inclusion of Women’s cricket for the first time.

The MCC also welcomed its first ever female full member in 231 years in 2018 whilst Clare Connor, former England captain, has become the first female president in the club’s history replacing former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara.

Author: Fraz Wahlah, an avid cricketer, barrister, and the CEO leading the Cricket Club Platform.