EXCLUSIVE: The ECB set out to review its racism complaints system in the wake of the Yorkshire scandal as the governing body prepares an anonymous hotline and text service for others to come forward after Azeem Rafiq emboldens it
- Azeem Rafiq’s whistle-blowing is meant to embolden others who have suffered abuse
- The ECB will review its racism complaints system to facilitate reporting
- Senior officials have privately admitted that the current system is not fit for purpose
- Victims will soon be able to phone, text, or use a social media app to report abuse.
The ECB plans to review its mechanisms for reporting suspected racist abuses in sport and senior officials will admit that the current system is not fit for purpose.
The governing body expects an explosion of complaints about racism in the wake of the Azeem Rafiq affair, as the ex-Yorkshire spinner’s complaint is likely to have emboldened others who have been abused to tell their stories and seek redress.
Former Nottinghamshire batsman Bilal Shafayat has claimed that a former Yorkshire fast bowler called him “eating smelly curry” while hitting during a game, with other allegations of historical racism coming up all the time.
The cricket world is reeling from a racism scandal at the Yorkshire Cricket Club, and the ECB is ready to review its complaints system to facilitate the presentation of victims.
Adam Rafiq’s whistle-blowing is likely to embolden others and trigger an explosion of complaints
The ECB’s admission of the reporting system’s shortcomings echoes a survey conducted by the Professional Cricketers Association earlier this year, which found that half of professional cricketers in England and Wales were unsure. how to report racism in sport.
In addition, a quarter of those surveyed said they had experienced or witnessed racism in the game, and of that 60 percent believe that the abuse was disguised as a ‘joke’, the pretext that Yorkshire gave for not taking disciplinary action against Gary Ballance to despite your admission. to call Rafiq a ‘P ** i’.
The ECB has privately admitted that existing mechanisms need to be updated to facilitate complaints to victims, as currently the only option available is to fill out an online form on its website.
A protest was held in front of Yorkshire’s Headingley Stadium in support of Rafiq last week.
As a result, an improved service offering anonymous phone lines and reports via text messages and social media apps will be launched in the coming weeks, while the ECB is also speaking with data experts to compile a more complete picture of the data. incidents of racism across the country. .
There is also an acknowledgment at Lord’s that they could have moved faster to demand greater transparency from Yorkshire in its handling of the investigation into the Rafiq complaints, which dragged on for more than a year.
The ECB is now exploring whether they need to launch their own investigation into the Yorkshire investigation and its regulatory department has hired additional lawyers to speed up the process.