EXCLUSIVE: The top 18 counties are now caught up in the cricket race scandal with the newly formed equality commission overwhelmed by complaints, while Yorkshire reveals 36 people have also come forward
- Cricket’s new equality commission has received widespread complaints of racism
- The indictments of the last fortnight have involved all 18 first-class counties.
- Yorkshire revealed 36 people have come forward with similar allegations
- The club appointed Mohinderpal Sethi QC to lead an independent investigation
Cricket’s newly formed equality commission has received complaints about racism involving all first-class counties over the past fortnight in another clear illustration of the problems facing the sport.
The Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) opened a call for evidence by issuing an online poll on November 9 and have been overwhelmed by the response, which has included allegations of racist behavior from players and former players. with connections in all 18 counties.
County presidents were open about the fact that they all have issues to address when they met in the Oval last Friday to discuss the racism crisis.
Following Azeem Rafiq’s testimony (above), all 18 counties are caught up in the cricket scandal.
Following Azeem Rafiq’s testimony at the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee hearing last week, the counties will provide details of their strategy to address the issue.
The 12-point action plan being developed with the ECB will include much more ambitious targets for racial and gender diversity in all areas of the game, including players, umpires, and executives, as well as tougher penalties for counties that don’t comply with them, such as economic sanctions and the loss of international matches.
The ECB established ICEC in March to examine the status of equality and diversity in sport under the leadership of President Cindy Butts, who is also a trustee of Kick It Out and a lay member of the House of Lords Committee on Conduct.
Cricket’s newly formed equality commission has received complaints about racism involving all first-class counties over the past fortnight.
The call for evidence will lead to an ICEC report to be released next summer, and following Rafiq’s disclosures, the ECB will be under pressure to fully implement its recommendations.
Yorkshire revealed that 36 people have filed complaints about experiencing racism in Headingley since they opened a whistle-blowing hotline last week.
The club has appointed Mohinderpal Sethi QC of Littleton Chambers to lead an independent investigation process to consider all complaints.
“It is essential that those who have experienced or witnessed racism, discrimination and abuse are able to share their experiences,” said new Yorkshire President Lord Patel. “I appreciate everyone who has contacted the hotline so far.”
New Yorkshire President Lord Patel said it is “ essential ” that those who have witnessed or experienced racism come forward
Meanwhile, England’s Twenty20 internationals in Barbados in the new year could be brought forward two hours to suit UK television audiences.
Initially, the five January games were supposed to start at 6 p.m. local time (10 p.m. here), but that late-night schedule would mean ending at 1 a.m. and perhaps later for armchair fans in England.
Therefore, Cricket West Indies is in talks with the ECB to switch in the early afternoon, which would have the effect of maximizing viewership numbers and increasing attractiveness for sponsors and advertisers.
England’s Twenty20 internationals in Barbados next year can move forward two hours
The hosts see the British market as key due to the healthy following that the England team always brings with them.
BT Sport plans England’s tour of the Caribbean, which is split between the T20 series in January and a three-round comeback in March, as Joe Root’s team will seek to avenge a 2-1 loss at the hands of the West. Indies in 2019.
The ECB’s website had listed the games as 10pm local time, but they have since been changed to TBC.
Dale Benkenstein is understood to be the favorite to become Gloucestershire head coach.
Benkenstein, 47, coached Hampshire but resigned midway through the 2016 season after struggling to deal with his family’s separation in South Africa.
Additional reporting: Richard Gibson