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Following an ICC ruling, the world’s first transgender international cricket player retires.

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The first transgender woman to play cricket for her country, Danielle McGahey, has announced that her career is ended. Following a significant modification to the ICC‘s gender eligibility standards. That prohibite transgender athletes from competing in women’s internationals cricket. During his six Twenty20 International matches for Canada, McGahey amassed 118 runs at a 19.66 average and a 95.93 strike rate. Nevertheless, the 29-year-old has made the decision to stop her career since the ICC forbids transgender women from appearing.

McGahey said that she will continue to fight for equality of transgender women in sports

Following the ICC’s decision this morning, it is with a very heavy heart that I must say that my international cricketing career is over. As quickly as it began, it must now end. It is based on the following principles (in order of priority), protection of the integrity of the women’s game, safety, fairness and inclusion,” the ICC said in a statement.

McGahey did, however, declare that she will keep fighting for transgender women’s equality in sports.

While I hold my opinions on the ICC’s decision, they are irrelevant,” McGahey wrote. “What matters is the message being send to millions of trans women today. A message saying that we don’t belong. I promise I will not stop fighting for equality for us in our sport. we deserve the right to play cricket at the highest level, we are not a threat to the integrity or safety of the sport,” he added

Originally from Australia, McGahey relocated to Canada in 2020 and underwent a medical transition from male to female in 2021.

McGahey’s batting exploits in the nation’s women’s interprovincial tournament caught the attention of selectors from Cricket Canada. And she was rewarded for her efforts during the Women’s T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier earlier this year.

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