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Glamorgan Start With Trip To Lord’s in April 2024

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By Gareth James

Glamorgan will start the 2024 County Championship season away to Middlesex at Lord’s on April 5.

They follow that up with a home clash against Derbyshire at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Friday, 12th April.

Following a further five red-ball matches in Division Two of the County Championship across April and May, the Welsh county enters Vitality Blast action.

Vitality Blast runs from May until early July with Glamorgan kicking off their T20 campaign at home against a star-studded Surrey side on Friday, 31st May.

Across the seven games at Sophia Gardens, three are being played on Friday nights, while there are two Sunday fixtures and two Thursday night matches.

The marquee fixtures to look out for are the Battle of the Bridge against Gloucestershire on 20th June as part of Rivals Week, and the Friday Finale against Somerset on 19th July.

The Welsh county’s match against Hampshire Hawks on 13th June will be preceded by Western Storm taking on Manchester-based Thunder in Cardiff in a double-header.

Western Storm will also play at Sophia Gardens in the Rachel Heyhoe Flint Trophy on Saturday, 20th April.

The cricket then moves straight into the Metro One-Day Cup, which begins with a home fixture at Sophia Gardens against local rivals Gloucestershire on 25th July.

Glamorgan will once again play two fixtures at Neath Cricket Club against Notts Outlaws and Sussex Sharks on 31st July and 2nd August.

The group stages will finish at Sophia Gardens against Yorkshire on 15th August.

Following this, the season enters the final stretch of County Championship home fixtures, finishing at home against Gloucestershire on 26th September, with the Battle of the Bridge taking place across all three formats this season.

T20 Finals Day and the Final of the Metro Bank One-day Cup will take place as part of Super September.

Meanwhile, he ICC’s decision to ban trans cricketers from international competition is “a blunt instrument” that provides insufficient flexibility in the matter of transgender participation, according to the chair of one of the UK’s only LGBTQ+ cricket clubs.

The world governing body announced on Tuesday that it will no longer allow transgender players to compete in international matches, after Canada’s Danielle McGahey became the first player to reach that level in September.

McGahey featured in six T20 internationals at an International Cricket Council World Cup qualifying series hosted in Los Angeles, scoring 118 runs.

But under the new rules she will no longer be eligible to represent her country in women’s cricket, with any player who has gone through male puberty prior to transitioning now excluded.

The England and Wales Cricket Board’s current regulations for domestic matches state participation of trans players is to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, though the policy is yet to be tested in elite county cricket.

Yet there are fears over the message that the ICC’s ruling will sent to young players starting out in the game and those competing at amateur level.

Lachlan Smith, chair of Birmingham Unicorns CC, one of only three LGBTQ+ cricket clubs in the country, told the PA news agency: “It came completely out of the blue. Nobody saw it coming at all.

“Relative to my understanding of how sport is addressing the question of trans participation, cricket and the ICC seem to have gone much further than any other sport. They’ve brought in a policy that feels like a very blunt instrument, and it’s disappointing to see that.

“If you’re a young person who identifies as trans and you’re playing cricket, I think it will be very disheartening to see this.
“Even if you don’t believe you’re good enough to be international standard, it’s just a very negative message to be receiving at a time when we’re trying to get more LGBTQ people involved in the game.

“We’ve had a lot of success in doing that including within the trans community. So we’re disappointed.”

Cricket Australia said on Thursday that its policy on trans participation remains unchanged and that players who have transitioned are still eligible to compete at elite level domestically.

That also remains the ECB’s stance, though consultations have taken place over the last year with stakeholders from across the game which could lead to an updating of the governing body’s position.

Last year, Rugby Union and Rugby League both took the decision to ban trans players from competing in the female-only from of the game, whilst swimming and cycling have taken similar steps.

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