Report expected to show evidence Scottish cricket is ‘institutionally racist’
Scotland’s Cricket board resigned just a day before a review of racism in sport was published.
The review is expected to show evidence of institutional racism in the domestic game and prompted Cricket Scotland directors to announce their resignations with immediate effect on Sunday morning.
“We are all truly sorry and have publicly apologized to anyone who has experienced racism or any other form of discrimination in cricket in Scotland,” says the council.
In a letter to the interim chief executive of Cricket Scotland, the board stressed that they had not yet seen the contents of the report, but had been made aware of some “the proposed deadlines and certain mandatory actions” found within it.
The board has expressed concern that plans to quickly address issues of racism and modernize the governance of cricket in Scotland are “unachievable within the proposed timeline and current governance framework”.
“Cricket Scotland will work in partnership with SportScotland with immediate effect to ensure that there is proper governance, leadership and support for the organization and the sport in the days ahead,” the organization later swore in a statement following the board’s resignation.
“And these provisions will be reviewed following the publication of the report on racism in cricket in Scotland and updates provided accordingly,” it was also promised.
Reacting to the news, a SportScotland spokesperson acknowledged that it “has been an exceptionally difficult time for everyone involved in Scottish cricket”.
“We have been advised of the board’s decision and as the national sporting agency we will take immediate action to provide significant additional governance and leadership support to Cricket Scotland,” SportScotland continued.
SportScotland commissioned the racism inquiry last year following allegations by figures such as Scotland’s all-time wicket-taker Majid Haq of widespread racism and discrimination in the Scottish game.
The review was carried out by an equality and diversity specialist named Plan4Sport, and a number of referrals and allegations were forwarded to Police Scotland.
In April, an interim report revealed that more than 200 people came forward to give evidence, and the BBC said yesterday that SportScotland was considering such drastic measures as cutting funding to Cricket Scotland when the full report is finally published.
Evidence of the existence of Scottish cricket “institutionally racist” follows identical claims former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq made of the English game to members of parliament last year.
As punishment, Yorkshire temporarily pulled international matches from their Headingley ground while the England and Wales Cricket Board devised a 12-point plan to tackle racism in English cricket.
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