Female cricketers who object to playing alongside transgender athletes should find another sport, says former Australian captain
EXCLUSIVE: Former Australian cricket captain Alex Blackwell says female players who do not want to play alongside a transgender athlete should find another sport to play.
New guidelines released on Thursday mean transgender cricketers will be allowed to play community or grassroots cricket only by “demonstrating commitment to their gender identity”.
There is no requirement for players to have undergone treatment or transition surgery, while clubs are banned from requesting a player undergo a medical examination for the purpose of gender verification.
In an exclusive interview with Macquarie Sport Radio‘s Cam Reddin, Blackwell urged women and girls who did not feel comfortable playing or changing alongside trans players to play something else.
“They can choose to go to a sport they’re more comfortable with. It’s up to them,” Blackwell told Macquarie Sports Radio.
“To deprive [transgender people] of access to sport would be wrong. We won’t be discriminating based on trans or gender diverse identity,” she said.
Blackwell rejected suggestions some female players may feel disadvantaged under these rules.
“Whenever a policy like this is put to the broader community – it is the broader community that has the problem, not the participants,” Blackwell said.
Under the new rules, clubs and players will not be allowed to object if a transgender athlete wishes to play in a women’s team.
It has also been recommended that cricket clubs introduce gender neutral toilets and changerooms rather than separate facilities for men and women.
Hear the full interview below. Listen to the Weekend Warm-Up with Cam Reddin – 6am-8am Sunday mornings.