According to the policy, provisions will be made which protects cricketers from harassment, indecent exposure and inappropriate behaviour with tournament staff. @ Getty Images
According to the policy, provisions will be made which protects cricketers from harassment, indecent exposure and inappropriate behaviour with tournament staff. @ Getty Images

With the #MeToo movement gaining steam, the International Cricket Council (ICC) in its Board and Committee meeting that concluded in Singapore on Saturday, charted out guidelines to prevent sexual harassment and the bullying of children and adults.

“An ICC Event Behaviour and Welfare Policy will also be introduced with immediate effect. This will address, in particular, the standards of off-field behaviour expected of Players, Player Support Personnel and others working at ICC events for or on behalf of the ICC or local organising committee,” the ICC stated.

“The Board and committees were united in their commitment to making cricket a safe and secure place for everyone whether they are playing, officiating or working in any capacity,” said ICC CEO Dave Richardson.

According to the policy, provisions will be made which protects cricketers from harassment, indecent exposure and inappropriate behaviour with tournament staff.

“The Board unanimously agreed to improve the current ICC policies and procedures around the protection of children and vulnerable adults as well as more widely in relation to protection against sexual harassment, bullying and inappropriate behaviour and improving standards of off-field behaviour at ICC events,” it stated.

Children also have been included in the policy due to the number of junior events across the globe. “As a result, a new Safeguarding Policy for Children and vulnerable adults will be developed along with guidelines for Member Boards to support them in the protection of all individuals within their jurisdictions,” it said.