A new storm is brewing for ‘institutionally racist’ cricket: ‘Inspired by the courage of Azeem Rafiq’, more than 1,000 people step forward with stories of discrimination based on race, gender and disability in just ONE WEEK
- Azeem Rafiq testified in parliament this week about his experiences of racism in cricket.
- Last week, the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket launched an open call for others to present their experiences of discrimination.
- Rafiq’s bravery is credited with helping others speak.
Azeem Rafiq’s courage in speaking out against racism is credited with encouraging more than 1,000 people to present their own experiences of discrimination.
The Independent Commission for Fairness in Cricket launched an open call for evidence last week and has since been inundated with online survey submissions from people who have been subjected to bias on the basis of race, gender or disability.
Chaired by Cindy Butts, a member of the Kick It Out board and former vice president of the Metropolitan Police Authority, ICEC is exploring the lack of progression of black and Asian players in talent and professional play trajectories, as well as examines the leadership of the England and Wales Cricket Board when it comes to fairness issues.
Azeem Rafiq gave evidence about his experiences of racism in cricket during a parliamentary hearing in London on Tuesday.
“Since we launched the first part of our test call last week, more than a thousand people have already come forward to share their experiences with us,” Butts said.
‘It’s crucial that people throughout the game, many probably inspired by Azeem’s bravery, get a chance to be heard.
“As an independent body established to examine the state of equity in cricket, we will go where the evidence takes us. We continue to urge anyone who has suffered discrimination to respond to our call. ‘
ICEC will raise complaints of overt discrimination to the governing body and individual clubs where appropriate.
Rafiq struggled to hold back tears on Wednesday when MPs heard explosive accusations of institutional racism at the heart of the English game.
In a devastating 90-minute testimony before a Commons committee, Rafiq recalled his “inhumane” treatment at the Yorkshire County Cricket Club and accused high-level players of racist harassment.
The 30-year-old former bowler said the word P *** was ‘constantly used’ in his time in Yorkshire’s first team, and that racism remains rife in county teams across the country.
At one point, the audience had to be interrupted when Rafiq burst into tears describing the treatment he received after he lost his unborn child, and a senior official “tore the shreds” instead of offering support.