Danielle McGahey is on the brink of making history as the first transgender cricketer to participate in an official international match. The 29-year-old has secured a spot in Canada’s squad for the qualifying tournament in Los Angeles, which serves as a pathway to the Women’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2024.
Having met all the eligibility requirements established by the International Cricket Council for male-to-female transgender players, McGahey’s achievement stands out in a landscape where several other sports have imposed restrictions on transgender women’s participation in major competitions. Despite these constraints, the ICC’s criteria specify that a transgender woman must maintain a serum testosterone concentration below 5 nmol/L for at least a year and be committed to sustaining this level during her playing period. Additionally, a written declaration confirming gender identity as female is mandatory.
McGahey, originally from Australia and now residing in Canada since February 2020, embraced her transition journey by socially becoming a woman in November 2020 and commencing medical transition in May 2021. She diligently underwent monthly blood tests for almost two years, providing her medical data to the ICC’s dedicated medical officer for thorough assessment. Her meticulous adherence to the ICC’s protocols paved the way for this historic moment.
Expressing her feelings about the accomplishment, McGahey shared her sense of honor and disbelief at representing her community through cricket. However, the road to this achievement was not without challenges, particularly the necessity of monthly blood tests amidst her cricket commitments. She acknowledged that the protocols in place have been effectively utilized and have led to this groundbreaking opportunity.
Re-reported from the article originally published in India TV