The Independent Commission for Fairness in Cricket has opened a call for trials in elite and grassroots play; He hopes to collect experiences of discrimination, highlight examples of good practice, and make recommendations to make sport more inclusive.
Last Updated: 08/11/21 11:43 pm
Former West Indies star Michael Holding has urged people to submit any evidence they may have of discrimination in cricket to extensive investigation.
The Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) has opened a call for trials in elite and grassroots play.
He hopes to collect experiences of discrimination, highlight examples of good practice, and make recommendations to make sport more inclusive.
An online survey was opened Tuesday with applications through Dec. 21. Written evidence can also be submitted to the Commission, and more information on how to do this can be shared on its website next month.
Equality activist Holding said: “This is a game that I love and have dedicated my life to.
“I urge anyone who has experienced racism, sexism, elitism, or any kind of unfair treatment in cricket, anyone who has a story to share about being included, welcomed, or supported to respond to the Commission’s request for evidence. .
“Now is your time to be heard, to share your story and be part of the change the game so desperately needs.”
The ICEC was created by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in March this year, and will use the evidence it gathers to inform a report on the level of fairness in the sport.
It comes at a time when discrimination in cricket is in the spotlight, and Yorkshire has been heavily criticized for its handling of racism and harassment allegations made by former player Azeem Rafiq.
Cindy Butts, who is president of the ICEC, said Sky Sports News it is vital that they get a wide range of voices and evidence from across cricket.
She said: “Our call for evidence is now live and we are encouraging as many people as possible to come forward and share their experiences, whether on or off the field, whether they are current or former players, volunteers, anyone. who works for the ECB or any other cricket authority.
“That is what will allow us to be able to examine cricket and say what the realities are.”
“We want to be able to hold up a mirror to play cricket and say, ‘This is how you look, this is the kind of experiences that people are having in cricket.’
“It is absolutely vital that we listen to as many people as possible who can share their experiences openly and honestly.
“What I do appreciate is that it is not easy for people to talk about these issues. We know that it can be very difficult for people to talk about experiences of discrimination, so people can give us evidence anonymously, with the confidence that they will. It will make them confidential if they so desire. “