Western Australia Cricket Association chief executive Christina Matthews told the PerthNow website that “words matter” and the “gentleman’s game” needed to be more inclusive. The commentators and even the players are noticed to be using the word like batsman, fieldsman, 12th man. In order to produce some gender equality, Matthews seemed to be pretty favouring the alteration of the cricketing dictionary.
“Here we are, in 2017, using terms such as 12th man, batsman, fieldsman and nightwatchman without a second thought,” Matthews was quoted as saying. “In my view, there’s no common sense reason why (the terms can’t be changed). I think it’s just something people have held on to,” she added.
She was also vocal about how it would be disrespectful to the women if the words are not altered or changed.
“Words matter, and words demonstrate respect as well. By not changing the terms, you’re disrespecting half the population.c”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.”c”Everyone still says female athletes or female cricket, but we’re athletes playing cricket,” Cleary said, according to the report.
“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.”
Though, there is some logic behind what Christina Matthews had quoted, but still if the new words or any changes are made in dictionary of the game, it would affect the real flavour for sure.