Commission ‘inundated’ with over 2000 responses about discrimination in cricket

Following a racism row between Azeem Rafiq and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, over 2000 people have come forward to share their racist experiences within the sport.

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Azeem Rafiq gives testimony regarding cricket racism row

A commission looking into racism and other forms of discrimination in cricket has been ‘inundated’ with responses two weeks on from officially opening up at the beginning of November.

Following its opening a fortnight ago the chair of the commission Cindy Butts has revealed the investigation has received over 2000 responses, as people across the country have come forward to share their discriminative experiences within the game.

This commission comes in the wake of the racism scandal that has disgraced both the sport, and more closely Yorkshire in recent months following alleged claims from former White Rose player Azeem Rafiq.

Azeem Rafiq appeared in front of the DCMS select committee.



As a result a report from Rafiq saw the former player accuse Yorkshire of being ‘institutionally racist’ with the case being investigated by the Digital, Culture Media and Sport select committee, after the off-spinner and others gave evidence in Westminster last week.

Following the scandal the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) – set up in March by the ECB – opened up the hotline for the public to share their experiences anonymously.

And, since launching the commission has received a remarkable amount of responses, as confirmed by chair Butts.

Butt said: “Since launching part one of our call for evidence we have been inundated with responses.

“More than two thousand people across the country have come forward to share their experiences both through the survey and also by directly reaching out to the ICEC.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club have found themselves at the centre of the race row.


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“We anticipate that more and more people will come forward.”

Following the remarkable response the commission chairman has encouraged even more of the public to come forward.

“We continue to urge anyone who has experienced discrimination whether that be sexism, elitism or racism, to respond to our call for evidence so we can examine the state of equity in cricket.”

The scandal that has surrounded Yorkshire in recent weeks has reportedly now spread across the whole County Championship, after the Mail reported that complaints made included all 18 clubs.

As a result the commission are set to release a report in the new year regarding the evidence they have gathered, as Butts told the BBC : “We will say what we need to say and not shy away from really putting a mirror up to cricket and saying ‘this is what you look like’.

“We will follow the evidence wherever it takes us.”

Jahid Ahmed has made allegations of racism against Essex.



Essex have been the latest county to be embroiled in the row, after former player Jahid Ahmed became the third former Eagles player to come forward to make allegations of racism against the club.

The ex-medium pace bowler’s accusations came after Zoheb Sharif and Maurice Chambers previously made claims against the eight-time county champions.

In a damning interview with The Cricketer describing the county as: “a white man’s world where brown people were outsiders.”

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