Aussie women cricketers want to remove word ‘man’ from the game
TERMS such as third man, batsman and 12th man should not be used in cricket anymore, according to an Australian cricket administrator.
Western Australia Cricket Association chief executive Christina Matthews wants the terms replaced with more gender-neutral names such as batter and just simply ‘third’ or ‘twelfth’.
Matthews, also a member of Western Australia’s CEOs for Gender Equity and a former state and national cricketer herself, said: “Here we are, in 2017, using terms such as 12th man, batsman, fieldsman and nightwatchman.
“In my view, there’s no commonsense reason why [the terms can’t be changed]. I think it’s just something people have held on to.
“Words matter, and words demonstrate respect as well. By not changing the terms, you’re disrespecting half the population.
“I’m not saying people are deliberately trying to offend but it’s a bit like bullying – whether you’re bullied or not is dictated by the person who is on the end of it, not the person who’s doing it.”
Matthews doesn’t think that people will be confused with new terms such as batter, stating “our whole lives have been Americanised”.
And it would seem that Matthews isn’t alone in her view with Perth Scorchers fast bowler Piepa Cleary agreeing.
Cleary said: “Everyone still says female athletes or female cricket, but we’re athletes playing cricket.
“We need to stop being compared to the men’s game and be recognised for playing the same sport in our own field.
“It’s going to take a long time to change, but hopefully it will start to happen sooner rather than later.”