Kent transgender cricketer reignites row over who should be allowed to play women's sports

Mail Online | 8/18/2019 | Miles Dilworth For The Daily Mail
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A transgender cricketer has reignited a row over who should be allowed to play women's sports after becoming a star this season.

Maxine Blythin, who is more than 6ft tall, has a batting average of 124 and has hit four centuries.

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But her success as Kent's first transgender woman cricketer – playing in the Women's Cricket Southern League – has upset campaign group Fair Play For Women.

Trans women players are only tested for testosterone levels if they are selected to play for England – in line with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) rules.

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Fair Play For Women said the policy was unfair at a time when the game is improving opportunities for female players.

Dr Nicola Williams, director of the group, said: 'Female-only teams are vital to uphold fair competition for women in cricket.

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'Opening up the women's game to cross-dressing males who do nothing more than 'identify as a woman' shows utter contempt for the women's game.

'The ECB say they are proud of their 'inclusive policy' when in reality this policy will exclude women from their own game.

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'Your average male player will be able to walk into the few paid, professional opportunities created by the ECB for exceptional women.

'No reasonable person can say this is fair or right.

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'Ways must be found to encourage more trans people to play sport but sacrificing the women's game is not the answer. If you were born male you can't play female sport – it is as simple as that.'

Last week, Fair Play For Women tweeted: 'Letting males who self-identify as women play in women's competitions is demonstrably unfair.

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