Trans Cricket Team Win First Game

By Chris Jai Centeno

A cricket team made up of hijras — the common term for South Asia’s “third sex” population, most of whom identify as female — played its first official match in Pakistan, scoring 65 runs to beat a local men’s team, reports the BBC.
Sanam XI (“sanam” means “beloved” in Urdu) beat the Olympians men’s cricket club in an exhibition game in Sukkur, in southern Pakistan.

“I want to dedicate our victory to Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry,” Sanam Khan, captain of Sanam XI, told the BBC. “It is only due to him that things are changing for eunuchs in Pakistan.”
Last month Chaudhry ordered the government to stop discriminating against hijras and paved the way for medical and public facilities to help them.

Hijras are largely shunned by society and many earn a living through sex work, performing at ceremonies, or begging — though they are also considered sacred, as it is believed that they have the power to bring fertility and good luck to a birth or a marriage.

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Author: GLBTQ Jamaica Moderator

Activist and concerned gay man in Jamaica with over 19 years experience in advocacy and HIV/AIDS prevention work, LGBT DJ since 1996.

One thought on “Trans Cricket Team Win First Game”

  1. Shane Warne – The best bowler Australia has ever produced has opened up his mind to the media. He exposed his discontent regarding umpires. According to the ace spinner barring a few exceptions like Simon Tauter and ASAP Rauf other umpires went awry in terms of performance .Expressing disappointment that the standard of umpiring has deteriorated to the worst extent in the past twenty years of time he opined that though umpiring was a hard job, the performances of the umpires in the Ashes series had been consistently so ordinary. As far as Warne is concerned umpire Billy Bowden whom he expected to deliver correct judgments was also not consistent in performing his duty.
    The spinner repents that there are too many instances of such bad judgments, which is increasingly becoming a cause of concern. He directly made a mention of names of umpires Daryl Harper and Billy Bowden, accusing them to be adamant in not confessing their wrong judgments. He also tried to strengthen his claim by mentioning that several players were not having a good opinion about those umpires in their minds. Warne insisted that the umpires should maintain a friendly attitude towards the players by shedding their high-handed attitude Warne also expressed his view repetitively that fifty over match should be withdrawn once for all as if such a change is brought about it would enable the players to spend more time with their families and relieve them from exhaustion.

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