Cricket Australia today has clarified its policies regarding women players following a report in The Australian newspaper. The safety of any player, whether they be Cricket Australia, Women s Big Bash League or state and territory contracted, is always our number one priority and we are committed to providing a safe environment for all cricket players (including pregnant players) and all other cricket participants.

We are well aware of and abide by Federal, State and Territory legislation which makes it unlawful to discriminate against a player on the basis of pregnancy or potential pregnancy. Any player who becomes pregnant is encouraged to make her own decision on whether or not to continue playing cricket in consultation with her medical advisers.

In terms of medical assistance at games, a doctor accompanies the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars whenever the squad assembles and wherever it travels. A doctor is also present at all Rebel WBBL matches, and a paramedic attends all women s state games.

Parental leave is provided in accordance with all relevant employment laws.

Pat Howard, Cricket Australia s Executive General Manager of Team Performance, said: In everything we do, we place the health and safety of our players as the highest priority. Our only interest in whether one of our women players is pregnant is to ensure the health of her and her baby, and we have strict rules around medical confidentiality.

We are very mindful that cricket involves physical risk, and we need to ensure that our medical staff and players are aware of every aspect that can affect a player s health.

All our policies have been developed in conjunction with the Australian Cricketers Association, and together we will continue to refine and improve all policies and contractual clauses that relate to player health and safety.

Media notes:

The relevant clause regarding pregnancy in both the Cricket Australia and WBBL contracts is:

8.3 Notification of Pregnancy

  • The Player warrants that that, to the best of her knowledge, she is not pregnant as at the date of signing this Contract and undertakes that upon becoming aware that she is pregnant, she will notify the details of the pregnancy (in writing, where practicable) to the CA medical officer (or such other appropriate representative of CA or other person designated by CA) as soon as reasonably practicable. The CA medical officer will not disclose the information to any person prior to the conclusion of 12 weeks pregnancy unless the Player consents to such disclosure.
  • The Player acknowledges that, in accordance with the Pregnancy Guidelines or this Contract, after 12 weeks of pregnancy, the medical officers of CA, her State Association and her WBBL Team (if any) shall be permitted to share reasonable details of the pregnancy with CA, her State Association and/or her WBBL Team (as applicable) to help ensure a safe environment for all cricket players (including pregnant players) and all other cricket participants and to comply with any contractual requirements with insurance providers.
  • Where any records or opinions are made available to CA, the Player s State Association or her WBBL Team (if any) or their respective medical officers those records or opinions or the results of any examination or consultation of the Player shall be kept absolutely confidential by CA, the Player s State Association and her WBBL Team (if any) except with the consent of the Player or her representative.