Women cricket writers Melinda Farrell and Firdose Moonda of ESPN Cricinfo were stopped from entering the WACA members’ area during the recently concluded Perth Test between Australia and South Africa because what they were wearing was ‘indecent’.
Under the ground’s rules for ladies, shirt or dress straps must span the width of the membership card, which is 5cm. Further the seam of all shorts or skirts must rest within the length of a membership card, 8.5 centimetres, below the knee.
The ladies raised the issue on Twitter and Perth’s cricket administrators were caught in a tail spin.
“It must be such a comfort to WACA members, as they gaze at all the empty seats, to know their 1960s dress code for women is being upheld,” wrote Farrell along with her full length photograph.
“Am I immature for immediately packing a top with 4cm-wide straps and a skirt that sits 9cm above my knees to wear at the WACA?” she wrote.
Am I immature for immediately packing a top with 4cm-wide straps and a skirt that sits 9cms above my knees to wear at the WACA? pic.twitter.com/PQH4fR9fQg— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) October 28, 2016
Management at the WACA ground reportedly ‘apologised’ to the journalists for the incident on the day.
Despite their initial anger over what they called ‘dressgate’, the journalists involved were later told they had in fact been appropriately dressed.
“Received an apology from WACA Cricket, who have been fantastic, and informed I am actually dressed just fine,” Moonda tweeted.
Australia were handsomely beaten by South Africa in the Perth Test. Pacers Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada broke the back of the Aussie batting as South Africa won by 177 runs. South Africa are also in control of the second Test in Hobart.