ICC to replace batsman with gender neutral term ‘batter’ from T20 WC 2021

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is planning to replace the term ‘batsman’ with the term ‘batter’ in order to maintain gender neutrality in all of their playing scenarios, and the change is expected to take effect with the 2021 T20 World Cup.

The T20 World Cup is expected to begin on October 19 in Oman and the United Arab Emirates. It’s worth noting that Marylebone Cricket Club only stated last month that the term ‘batsman’ will be replaced with ‘batter’ in the cricket laws. MCC noted in a statement that the game is for everyone, thus it necessitates the use of gender-neutral words.

MCC thinks that this step acknowledges the game’s shifting terrain in modern times. The usage of the term ‘batter’ is a logical evolution in our shared cricketing lingo, and many in the sport have already accepted it.

In a statement, Jamie Cox of Marylebone Cricket Club said, “It is the correct moment for this modification to be recognised formally, and we are glad, as the Guardians of the Laws, to announce these adjustments today.”

In light of recent circumstances, the ICC stated that they had been using the term batter instead of batsman for the past four years, which is reflected in their commentary panel and media websites. The ICC’s Acting CEO, Geoff Allardice, expressed his appreciation for the move. However, starting with the T20 WC 2021, it will be a new change for all to observe.

“This is a logical and probably overdue evolution of our sport, and now our batters, like bowlers, fielders, and wicket keepers, are gender-neutral,” said Geoff Allardice in a statement.