Cricket NSW has commended the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) on their recent changes to the laws of the game regarding gender-neutral terms.

The MCC announced this week that ‘batter’ and ‘batters’ will immediately replace ‘batsman’ and ‘batsmen’ in all forms of the game, a major step forward in the push towards gender equality in the sport.

Cricket NSW have been using gender-neutral language and applying gender-neutral terms to all umpire training and educational courses for four years.

Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon said the MCC move was a good one, again highlighting cricket’s position as an inclusive game for all.

“We would like to commend the MCC’s positive steps in this area, which is an area in which CNSW have been proactive in for four years now,” Germon said.

“Language changes like this make a real difference and are very important as we strive to make the game more inclusive and inspire more and more people to play and love cricket.

“The more we can do to encourage women and girls to feel welcomed in our great game the better.”