The ICC will aim to fast track policies to crack down on sexual harassment in cricket, with the view of implementing them ahead of the Women’s World T20 that begins on November 9 in the Caribbean. It hopes to discuss its ‘Safeguarding Policy and Guidelines’ at its quarterly meetings beginning Wednesday in Singapore.
Alleged incidents in the last 18 months
- Sexual harassment of female physio at a domestic club.
- Harassment of female journalists.
- Inappropriate behaviour by member of team support staff at an ICC event.
- Abuse of fans at an international match.
- Sexual harassment by a player.
- Sexual harassment of two female anchors by a TV director.
- Player having contract terminated for indecent behaviour.
- Sexual harassment of female player by coach.
- Inappropriate comments made by a player towards a broadcaster ‘on air’.
The urgency to put these guidelines in place was driven by nine cited incidents of alleged sexual harassment or inappropriate behaviour in the cricket world, including at international matches or ICC events, in the last 18 months.
“These types of incidents cannot be tolerated,” the ICC chief operating officer Iain Higgins and senior legal counsel Sally Clark said in a note to the Women’s Committee, Chief Executives Committee, Development Committee and the ICC Board, according to a report in the Hindu.
The types of behaviour identified by Higgins and Clark are: abuse (sexual, physical, emotional or otherwise) of children or adults at risk, abuse (sexual, physical, emotional or otherwise) of adults not at risk, harassment of children or adults at risk, harassment of adults not at risk, indecency (exposing themselves to someone else), bullying, victimisation, unwanted physical contact, stalking, offensive comments, jokes or body language, publishing, circulating or displaying pornographic, sexually suggestive or otherwise offensive material or pictures.