Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

Danielle McGahey may develop into the primary transgender cricketer to participate in an official worldwide match after being named in Canada’s squad for a Ladies’s T20 World Cup qualifying match.

McGahey has been picked for the four-team Americas qualifier in September at which Canada will face Brazil, Argentina and USA, with the winners advancing to the worldwide qualifier for the 2024 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.

Transgender individuals have been banned from participating in elite ladies’s competitions in different sports activities corresponding to swimming, biking, athletics, rowing, rugby league and rugby union.

Nevertheless, batter McGahey, 29. satisfies the entire eligibility standards the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) has set for male-to-female transgender gamers.

What does the ICC say about transgender gamers?

The ICC’s participant eligibility rules turned efficient in 2018 and had been amended in 2021 to say {that a} participant should “present a written and signed declaration, in a type passable to the Designated Medical Officer, that her gender identification is feminine”.

The rules additionally stipulate that the “the focus of testosterone in her serum has been lower than 5 nmol/L1 constantly for a interval of at the least 12 months, and that she is prepared, keen and in a position to proceed to maintain it beneath that stage for as long as she continues to compete within the feminine class of competitors”.

McGahey beforehand performed in 4 worldwide T20 matches in October 2022 on the South American Championships, the place Canada had been invited alongside to participate as friends.

Her strike charge all through the match didn’t dip beneath 100, along with her most notable innings when she struck 73 from 46 balls in opposition to Brazil, hitting 9 fours and three sixes.

As these matches didn’t maintain official T20 worldwide standing, McGahey was in a position to compete as a transgender lady with out having to fulfil ICC standards.

If Canada come via the regional qualifying match, they’ll face Eire, Sri Lanka and 7 different groups within the world qualifier subsequent yr.

The highest two groups on the finish of the worldwide qualifier will advance to the World Cup correct in September and October 2024.

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