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Cricket Has Changed The Word Batsmen To Batter

The MCC Have Made the Change of Language Official

In an effort to make the game of cricket’s language more inclusive the word ‘batsmen’ has been officially changed to ‘batter’ by the MCC.

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), who oversee the writing of the laws of the sport, have made the change, effectively immediately. No word on how they went about implementing the change in any kind of documentation but you would have to assume some kind of Ctrl-H ‘Find and Replace’ situation was involved.

“MCC believes that the use of gender-neutral terminology helps reinforce cricket’s status as an inclusive game for all.”

There were already people and organisations around the crickeingt world that had adopted the adjusted language but the MCC making the change means it’s official across the whole sport.

The reason for the change was the growth of the women’s game. The MCC had meetings about the language change back in 2017 and since then the increase in the involvement of women in the sport made it clear that a change needed to be made.

If anybody had any objections to the change in language BBC commentator Henry Moeran took to Twitter to clear things up in the best way possible:

“For those up in arms about the change to ‘batters’, I hope for your sake they don’t get rid of ‘bowlsman’. Oh.”

Jamie Cox, the MCC’s cricket and operations assistant secretary (which must be a tricky title to try and fit on a business card) said that this change had allowed the sport to get in line with “modern times”.

“Use of the term ‘batter’ is a natural evolution in our shared cricketing language and the terminology has already been adopted by many of those involved in the sport.”

He added “It is the right time for this adjustment to be recognised formally and we are delighted, as the Guardians of the Laws, to announce these changes today.” And while it must feel pretty good to make the sport more inclusive, it must feel even better to get to go around referring to yourself as the Guardians of the Laws. Makes you sound like a Marvel spin-off.