Cricket Australia had previously been wary of taking a stand against anti-homophobia (Representational photo – Getty Images)


Sydney: Mar 19, 2014


Cricket Australia (CA) has reportedly joined the four major football and rugby codes of the country in signing a letter agreeing to incorporate anti-homophobia policy in matches.


It was revealed that CA had refused to join the National Rugby League ( NRL), Australian Football League ( AFL), Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and the Football Federation Australia (FFA) in moving towards adopting the policy before the Bingham Cup – the world cup of gay rugby – to be held in Sydney in August.


According to the Sydney Morning Herald, CA had explained that they did not have ‘enough time’ to consider the draft framework, which the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Human Rights Commission has worked on for several months.


However, the report mentioned that the Australian cricket officials did a dramatic volte-face and told internal stakeholders, including major sponsor the Commonwealth Bank , that it would now be a signatory to the letter.