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The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday confirmed that it will replace 'batsman' with gender-neutral term 'batter' in all its playing conditions, starting with this month's men's T20 World Cup, scheduled to be played in UAE and Oman.
In September, the Marylebone Cricket Club announced it would be replacing the word 'batsman' with 'batter' in the Laws of Cricket. That change will now be reflected across all ICC playing conditions going forward.
The ICC said over the past four years it has been moving away from the word "batsman", with "batter" implemented regularly in commentary and across the organisation's channels. In fact, ICC acting CEO Geoff Allardice said that the MCC's decision to move to 'batter' in the Laws of the game was one they 'welcomed'.
"The ICC has been utilising the term batter for some time now across our channels and in commentary and we welcome the MCC's decision to implement it into the Laws of cricket and will follow suit with our playing conditions that are derived from the Laws," Allardice said in a statement.
“This is a natural and perhaps overdue evolution of our sport and now our batters are gender-neutral in the same way as bowlers, fielders and wicket keepers," he added. Allardice also said that it's a small change but one that will have a significant impact on cricket being viewed as a more inclusive sport. “Of course language changes alone will not grow the sport, we must ensure that girls and boys who are inspired to play cricket have a fantastic, fun first experience and are both able to progress as cricketers without barriers," he said.
For ICC Hall of Famer and former Australia star Lisa Sthalekar the move to 'batter' is a simple but important one in growing a sport that truly is for everyone. Unaware cricket was a sport played by women as a child, Sthalekar went on to become one of the finest players Australia has ever produced before making the step into commentary. Having grown up using the term 'batter' as a player, she stuck to the word when she stepped behind the microphone and remembers being told by a co-commentator in one of her earliest gigs that "batter was for fish."
“We don't say 'hey look at that fieldsman', we say 'look at the fielder'. We don't say 'bowlsman', we say 'bowler'," she said to icc-cricket.com following the MCC decision. Sthalekar also added, “So if there is a similar term to describe someone with a piece of wood in their hands, why wouldn't we follow suit?"
According to ICC, it's worth noting that up until this century, the phrase 'fieldsman' was the accepted term with the MCC stepping in in 2000. Nowadays, it would be hard-pressed to find anyone saying 'fieldsman'.
Sthalekar is well aware even with the ICC and MCC both moving permanently to 'batter' that 'batsman' will still be heard on occasion in the media. “It's like a habit, it takes forever to get rid of it,'' she said.
Sthalekar's thoughts were echoed by Allardice, who described the move as a "common-sense change". “Why not take a small step to ensuring we're a sport that doesn't exclude 50 per cent of the world's population with outdated language choices. Whilst some may have made lots of noise against this common-sense change, the majority of people within the game have welcomed the move," he said. (IANS/JB)
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Acclaimed actor Pankaj Tripathi says, be it son or daughter, parents should allow their children to be independent.
“Centuries of conditioning and gender blocks can be defeated only if we consciously create a neutral environment at home. Be it for your son or daughter, I often tell parents to allow their children to be independent,” said Pankaj Tripathi.
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He added that if parents instill confidence in children to be their own decision makers, they will be responsible.
“They should take charge of their lives and even as we are available to guide them at every step, we shouldn’t overshadow their life with the baggage of our lived experiences and opinions. If we instill the confidence in children to be their own decision makers, they’ll be far more responsible,” Pankaj Tripathi said.
The actor is winning applause for his role in the recently released “Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl”. He played Anuj Saxena, father of the protagonist.
“As a parent, I tell my daughter that my wife and I are with her but eventually it’s her life and she has to become her own person. Our guidance and support is always there but the choices have to be hers, the victories are hers and the mistakes are hers too,” said Pankaj Tripathi. (IANS)
- Neha Dhupia says Roadies to be a Gender Neutral show
- The gang of Roadies received a huge response from Delhi
Noida, Dec 12: Actress Neha Dhupia, who is returning as a gang leader with “Roadies Xtreme”, describes the stunt-based reality show as the most gender neutral place to work, while Rannvijay Singha says girls need to be treated equal to men.
Neha will be seen alongside popular VJ, DJ and TV host Nikhil Chinapa, actor Prince Narula and rapper Raftaar as gang leaders on the show, while Rannvijay will be seen in a new avatar in the upcoming fifteenth season.
On Tuesday here, Neha, Nikhil, Prince and Rannvijay conducted the Delhi-NCR auditions where thousands of fans flocked the gates and tried their best to gain the attention of their favourite stars.
Talking about gender equality on the MTV show, Rannvijay said: “We were always asked whether girls are fit for ‘Roadies’ (or not), but the best answer to this question was given by Neha and her team’s member Shweta, who won the last season.
“We don’t give special treatment to girls on ‘Roadies’ because they don’t need such kind of a treatment. They win the game when they are equally treated with their male counterparts. I don’t feel they need any kind of support to win. They just need a platform to showcase their talent.”
Adding to that, Neha said: “I don’t think there’s any need to empower women as they are already empowered. You can enable them… That’s the good way of looking at them. All are treated equally on this show. In the film industry where I am working, this is a job which is the most gender neutral place to be in.”
Nikhil said that over the years, the craze for “Roadies” has become huge.
“‘Roadies’ franchise is become huge over the years. Not just the show, if you see fans, they also have become so much more passionate over the years. This year, the show is going to be ridiculously extreme,” Nikhil said.
Expectations from Delhi-NCR?
Rannvijay said: “In the history of ‘Roadies’, we have found the maximum contestants from Delhi. This might be because a lot of people come here for study purposes. They have a never-say-die attitude and don’t want to lose.
“Whenever we come here for auditions, we have huge expectations. Sometimes, it happens that we don’t find enough contestants from other states, but we keep believing that Delhi is still there.”
“Roadies Xtreme” will be aired next year. (IANS)
California, October 17, 2017 : California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a state senate bill, allowing a gender-neutral marker on birth certificates and driver’s licenses starting from 2019.
California thus became the first state in the US to allow a “nonbinary” gender to be marked on birth certificates, Xinhua news agency reported.
The so-called “nonbinary” gender means not exclusively male or female or a combination of two or more “genders.”
According to the Gender Recognition Act approved on Sunday, California will offer a gender-neutral option on state documents for those who are transgender, intersex and others who are not identified as male or female.
The law, published on the government official website, also made it easier for people to change their gender identity on official documents.
“Existing law authorises a person who was born in this state and who has undergone clinically appropriate treatment for the purpose of gender transition to obtain a new birth certificate from the State Registrar,” the bill read.
The Golden State is now also the second state in the US to allow residents to be identified by a gender marker other than “F” or “M” on their driver’s license.
Oregon and the District of Columbia had earlier issued the gender-neutral option on their driver’s licenses.