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ECB chair: Racism review will prove ‘challenging’ for English cricket

Richard Thompson, the ECB chair, has acknowledged that the size of English cricket’s drawback with discrimination is more likely to show “challenging for the sport” when the total findings of the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) are printed early subsequent yr.

However, writing within the introduction to the ECB’s 12-month evaluate into its game-wide Action Plan, Thompson insisted that the progress outlined in three of its personal fairness, variety and inclusion experiences demonstrates the game’s clear purpose to be “more open and inclusive”.

“We know cricket at its best is a game for everyone, no matter what their background,” Thompson wrote. “We also know the difficult truth: that for too many people, that hasn’t always been the case. We know we are at the start of the journey and we will continue to work to reach a place where cricket is the most inclusive sport.”

Among the findings within the board’s updates are a 32% improve within the variety of girls’s and ladies’ groups throughout England and Wales in 2022, and a £17.5million funding into greater than 1600 amenities initiatives since 2021.

In November 2021, the ECB adopted a 12-point Action Plan at a game-wide assembly at The Oval, within the wake of Azeem Rafiq’s explosive testimony on the DCMS choose committee hearings in Westminster, at which the extent of English cricket’s institutional racism was laid naked.

Rafiq and different figures inside English cricket – together with Yorkshire’s chairman, Lord Patel – are because of give additional proof to the DCMS committee subsequent week, a course of that’s set to go forward within the absence of the committee chair, Julian Knight, who has been suspended from the Conservative Party following an allegation of sexual assault.

Responding in an announcement on Twitter, Knight insisted that the withdrawal of the whip was “wrong and unjustified”, however added that he could be recusing himself from parliamentary enterprise till the matter is resolved.

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