ESPN Cricinfo's decision shocks many, leads to jokes
ESPN Crickinfo has said that it's dropping the use of the words 'batsman' and 'Man of the Match'. It sees them as sexist. Instead, 'batter' and 'Player of the Match' will be used from now. Needless to say, the 'woke' reform has led to a flurry of jokes from shocked observers.
Journalist Indrani Bagchi wrote that 'Batter' is for cakes and bread and baseball. "They have no place in cricket. You guys are just being extremely ridiculous. Same with 'baller' just in case you are inclined that way," she tweeted.
Mayur, a columnist, quipped that Batter, apart from the violence innate to the word 'battered', has phallic connotations. "Also the word 'player' is frequently used in popular culture to denote a man with multiple sexual conquests. Is @ESPNcricinfo promoting violence and male philandering?" he asked jokingly.
Many feel that this is mere tokenism with no real change on the ground.