Sexual Conduct Charter introduced by the ICC following number of incidents

Sexual Conduct Charter introduced by the ICC following number of incidents

The International Cricket Council will be introducing a sexual conduct charter at next month’s women’s World Twenty20 after officials were made aware of nine incidents in the past 18 months.

The charter is aimed at cracking down on harassment and will cover off-field behaviour, indecent exposure, inappropriate behaviour with tournament staff as well as cricket grounds and team hotels.  

Players, officials, coaches and media will be subject to strict rules around safeguarding after the ICC were made aware of several incidents including a female team physio being sexually harassed, inappropriate comments by a player to a female journalist, sexual harassment of a female player by a male coach and a player having his contract terminated for inappropriate behaviour.

A report by the Sri Lankan sports ministry, three years ago, found evidence that players from the Sri Lanka women's team had been forced to perform sexual favours for officials to stay in the team.

Chief Executive of the ICC, Dave Richardson commented, "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."