England cricketer Tammy Beaumont slams Katie Hopkins over transgender comments aimed at teammate
England cricketer Tammy Beaumont has defended a transgender teammate who received abuse online.
Maxine Blythin, who plays for Kent alongside Beaumont, has identified as a transgender woman for the past five years and was named Kent's player of the year last season.
Controversial columnist Katie Hopkins responded to Blythin's award by saying it was "another kick in the ovaries for biological females everywhere".
Beaumont took to Twitter to hit back at Hopkins: "Completely disagree. Cricket is a sport for all and no one should be excluded because of who they are. Using your platform to spread an ill-informed opinion... will only add to the discrimination and abuse she’s [Blythin] already come across!
"ECB have a clear policy on trans sportspeople. If you have an issue with that policy then that is up to you, but don't take it out on individuals. As far as I’m aware there’s no conclusive proof of any 'advantages' of being a trans woman in cricket.
"Personally I’m proud to call her my teammate and my friend. So please don’t attempt to speak for me or my ovaries."
Clare Connor, the managing director of women's cricket, said: “The ECB’s currently isn’t a medically driven policy. It’s a more socially inclusive policy and we will be reviewing that over the coming months.”