MCC, the “custodian and arbiter of Laws relating to cricket”, on Wednesday confirmed the new terminology had been implemented into the Laws of Cricket.
The MCC, which is based at Lord’s in London, said the changes had already been approved by the committee in an attempt to promote the game’s inclusivity.
“MCC believes that the use of gender-neutral terminology helps reinforce cricket’s status as an inclusive game for all,” a statement read.
The MCC has decided to scrap the terms “batsman” and “batsmen” in favour of gender-neutral terminology. Rachael Haynes and Meg Lanning of Australia the Women’s One Day International against India are seen. Picture: Getty Images
“The amendments are a natural evolution from work already undertaken in this area as well as an essential part of MCC’s global responsibility to the sport.”
The term “batter” has already been implemented by many commentators, media organisations and governing bodies but MCC believes amending the law will further encourage its use.
Jamie Cox, assistant secretary with cricket and operations duties at MCC, said the decision showed the game was moving with the 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 said.
“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.”
In 2017, when the laws were last amended, the MCC wrote that it was agreed with members of the International Cricket Council and key figures in the women’s game that “batsmen” and “batsman” would remain. 
“The changes announced today reflect the wider usage of the terms ‘batter’ and ‘batters’ which has occurred in cricketing circles in the intervening period,” the MCC wrote.
“The move to ‘batter’ is a natural progression, aligning with the terms of bowlers and fielders that already sit within the Laws.”
The massive rise in popularity for the women’s game was evident at the Women’s T20 World Cup final (pictured) which hosted over 86,000 fans. Picture: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
The MCC’s decision to implement inclusive language for batters follows the already gender-neutral terms of bowler and fielder.
It also comes amid a meteoric rise in popularity for the women’s game.
The women’s World Cup Final in 2017 saw England defeat India in front of a capacity crowd at Lord’s, while Australia beat India at the MCG in front of more than 86,000 fans a year ago.
Former Australian cricketer Lisa Sthalekar said it was “about time” the change was made, along with other prominent ex-cricketers.
“Let’s be honest if this has annoyed you get a life .. it’s absolutely fine & a good move,” tweeted former England captain Michael Vaughan.

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