LONDON: The England and Wales Cricket Board have suspended a senior official accused of utilizing a racial slur in direction of former Test quick bowler Devon Malcolm, in line with British media studies.
Both the Daily Telegraph and The Times stated Friday the unnamed individual, who has labored at English cricket’s governing physique for a number of years, allegedly made a comment earlier this season about being unable to see Malcolm till the 59-year-old Jamaica-born fast smiles.
They added the official has been stood down pending an investigation, though the ECB has to this point declined to remark.
Friday’s studies, nonetheless, are an additional blow to the English sport, which has been attempting to restore its tarnished picture following Azeem Rafiq’s allegations of racism throughout his time taking part in for Yorkshire.
Malcolm took 128 wickets in 40 Tests for England after emigrating to Sheffield in northern England when he was a young person in 1979.
He is finest remembered for an excellent return of 9-57 in opposition to an overwhelmed South Africa on the Oval in 1994.
Malcolm and one other former England paceman Dean Headley had been amongst 5 newcomers added to the ECB’s match referees panel final 12 months as a part of a bid to enhance variety.
An absence of non-white officers was behind allegations of racism made by former Test umpire John Holder and county reserve record umpire Ismail Dawood.
Both complained about discrimination within the appointments system two years in the past.
Holder and Dawood withdrew their employment declare in opposition to the ECB one week after the appointments of Malcolm and Headley.