Cricket Australia has announced a new policy aimed at providing transgender cricketers the opportunity to play the game at the top level.
The guidelines dictate a testosterone limit for transgender and gender-diverse players, who wish to participate in accordance with their gender identity.
The eligibility criteria for selection in the state and national women's teams has been set at players showing a testosterone concentration of fewer than 10 nanomoles per litre over the past 12 months.
"It doesn't make any sense that today, people are discriminated against, harassed or excluded, because of who they are," Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts said.
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The rules also state that players must be able to demonstrate their gender identity on the basis of their lifestyle patterns to determine consistency.
CA's policy closely aligns with the one in place by the International Cricket Council guidelines on issues relating to gender diversity.
The system of principles extends to community clubs, giving the grassroots cricketers requisite support to continue playing the game.
The comprehensive set of guidelines address problems of victimization and providing special facilities which protect a player's personal information.
Despite the warm reception to the latest policy adopted by CA, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was critical of the changes and complained about the "heavy-handed" nature of these instructions.