The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in London, the body that upholds cricket laws, has officially introduced a change in cricket terminology. According to a statement released by the MCC on Wednesday, the word ‘batsman’ and / or ‘batsman’ will be officially replaced by the gender-neutral word ‘bat’.
According to the Times, the term ‘batsman / batsman’ has been in use since 1744. However, this change has been implemented to include sports gender and to make female players more welcome.
Opinion of the legislators
In a statement on its website, the MCC said: “During the last restructuring in 2017, on the advice of key figures in the International Cricket Council (ICC) and women’s cricket, it was agreed that the term would be ‘batsman’. ‘ Reflect the widespread use of the terms ‘bat’ and ‘bats’ in cricket circles in the intervening period.The natural improvement that coincides with the rules of bowlers and fielders already seated within the frame is the move to ‘thunder’.
The MCC today announced amendments to cricket laws to use the gender-neutral terms “batter” and “batters” instead of “batsman” or “batsman”.
– Marylebone Cricket Club (CCMCCOfficial) September 22, 2021
In addition, MCC Assistant Secretary for Cricket and Activities Jamie Cox said the change was introduced with the growth of women’s cricket in mind over the past few years.
The use of the word “bat” is a natural evolution in our shared cricket language and the vocabulary is already accepted by many who are involved in the game, ”he said in a statement.
“This is the right time for this adjustment to be formally recognized. As defenders of the law, we are pleased to announce these changes today.”
Test ground in the hundred
During the opening season of ‘The Hundred’ in England this July (a women’s and men’s 100-ball per innings match), gender-neutral rules were tried during coverage. The term ‘thunder’ is commonly used in men’s and women’s competitions. In addition, the fielding position was referred to as ‘third man’ simply ‘third’.
In a previous Test match involving the English women’s team, the word ‘nightwatchman’ was also referred to by the broadcasters as ‘nightwatch’. News reports from organizations such as the BBC and Sky also used these terms.
‘Thunder’ is the only change
Although other terms are used by broadcasters and news organizations, the ‘bat’ is the only change currently implemented by the MCC.
The fielding status of ‘third man’ is not included in the rules along with other cricket terms like “night watchman” and “12th man” so any changes in such terms are outside the control of the MCC as guardians of the laws, MCC posted a message on their Twitter handle.
Meanwhile, Alexandra Hartley, winner of the 2017 Women’s World Cup, described on Twitter as “private (third / short third’ and “deep third” ”instead of the third man position, calling them‘ Nightwatchers ’at the beginning of the summer.
The rise of women’s cricket
The MCC, in its report, said the increase in the number of spectators in women’s cricket was a clear indication of the “unprecedented growth” that women’s cricket has experienced over the past few years.
About 24,000 spectators attended the 2017 World Cup final in England, beating India at Lord’s. Shortly before the outbreak of Govt-19 last year, 86,174 spectators came to watch the Women’s T20 World Cup final between India and eventual champions Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The match set a new record for most spectators at the T20 World Cup final (men or women), breaking the previous record of 66,000 in the 2016 men’s final between the West Indies and England at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
In addition, a domestic women’s competition in the UK featured a record 17,116 spectators at the Oval earlier this year.