Angry transgender cricketer batted out of women's competitions hits back at International Cricket Council

Wednesday 22 November 2023

Transwoman cricketer Danielle McGahey says their career is over after the International Cricket Council (ICC) banned biological men who identify as women from playing at international level.

Following the ban, McGahey posted on Instagram: "Following the ICC's decision, it is with a very heavy heart that I must say that my international cricketing career is over. As quickly as it begun, it must now end.

"While I hold my opinions on the ICC's decision, they are irrelevant. What matters is the message being sent to millions of trans women today, a message saying that we don't belong.

Danielle McGahey has been forced to end her cricketing career after the ICC

"I promise I will not stop fighting for equality for us in our sport, we deserve the right to play cricket at the highest level, we are not a threat to the integrity or safety of the sport.

"Never stop fighting!"

In a statement released on Tuesday, ICC said: "The new policy is based on the following principles (in order of priority), protection of the integrity of the women's game, safety, fairness and inclusion, and this means any Male to Female participants who have been through any form of male puberty will not be eligible to participate in the international women's game regardless of any surgery or gender reassignment treatment they may have undertaken.

"The regulations will be reviewed within two years."

ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice

ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice added: "The changes to the gender eligibility regulations resulted from an extensive consultation process and is founded in science and aligned with the core principles developed during the review.

"Inclusivity is incredibly important to us as a sport, but our priority was to protect the integrity of the international women's game and the safety of players."

McGahey began transitioning medically in May 2021, and in September this year, became the first transgender cricketer to play in an official international match, representing Canada in a T20 match against Brazil.

Previously, McGahey played men's club cricket in Melbourne.

Cricket joins athletics, cycling, swimming and both rugby codes in banning transgender women from taking part in elite women's competitions at international level.