ECB to 'introduce tests for transgender women' ahead of inaugural the Hundred tournament

Transgender players taking part in the Hundred will be subject to new tests. (Credit: Getty Images)

Transgender cricket players will face testosterone tests before playing in the Hundred.

According to reports, the soon-to-be rules introduced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will fall in line with policies adopted by the International Cricket Council as well as Cricket Australia.

Although the rules are unlikely to be utilised in the tournament this season - no transgender women have been selected by the eight franchises in the first iteration of the tournament - the ECB are expected to have guidelines in place, according to the Mail Online.

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As it currently stands, players eligible for women’s domestic cricket is determined by a player’s self-identified gender.

The Hundred competition - which will see both sides bowl 100 balls each in the new limited overs format - will be one of the formats which utilises the revamped criteria for eligibility.

These criteria are expected to mirror the ICC rules and will be introduced in ‘elite’ cricket, although self-identification is expected to remain the same in county and recreational cricket.

Existing standards set by the ICC require players to show a concentration of testosterone less than five nanomoles per litre continuously for 12 months or more

By comparison, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) utilise the same 5nmol per litre limit for adult players, while the Football Association rely on self-identification.

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