Cricket Scotland makes ‘progress’ after independent racism review, but misses all targets by deadline | Cricket News


Qasim Sheikh and Majid Haq have called for action and recommendations to be implemented in Scottish cricket after a review found its governing body had failed almost every institutional racism test.

Cricket Scotland has made ‘progress’ following an independent review of racism in sport, but fell short of all its targets by Friday’s deadline.

Following an extensive process with nearly 1,000 direct engagements, the report concluded that Cricket Scotland’s governance and leadership practices were institutionally racist.

Independent investigators had found 448 indicators of institutional racism, while Cricket Scotland failed 29 of the 31 ‘tests’ used to measure the problem and only partially met the required standard for the other two.

Sixty-eight individual concerns were referred for further investigation, including 31 allegations of racism against 15 different people, two clubs and one regional association. The allegations included racial abuse, use of inappropriate language, favoritism towards young white children in public schools, and a lack of a transparent selection process for non-white players. In some cases, multiple concerns were raised against the same person.

The review follows complaints of institutional racism by Scottish cricket internationals Majid Haq and Qasim Sheikh.

Former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq, who suffered racist abuse during his time as a player, has encouraged more players to speak out in Scottish cricket after his governing body failed at almost every institutional racism tests.

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Former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq, who suffered racist abuse during his time as a player, has encouraged more players to speak out in Scottish cricket after his governing body failed at almost every institutional racism tests.

Former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq, who suffered racist abuse during his time as a player, has encouraged more players to speak out in Scottish cricket after his governing body failed at almost every institutional racism tests.

Three immediate high level recommendations were detailed in the report: Cricket Scotland is placed in special measures by sportscotland until at least October 2023, Cricket Scotland resolves the backlog of referrals generated by the review and Western District Cricket Union ( WDCU) is placed in special measures measures by Cricket Scotland with immediate effect.

Four or more recommendations still need to be completed:

1 – Board Recruitment

A target has been set to appoint a new diverse board, after the previous one resigned a day before the independent report was released. The board had to be made up of at least 40% men and 40% women, and ensure that at least 25% of the total board composition were black, Southeast Asian or ethnic. other mixed or multiple ethnic groups. groups.

This is now expected to be complete by October 21, three weeks later than planned, while Sky Sports News understands that a new independent chair could be in place long before that date.

2 – Action plan

It was highlighted that Cricket Scotland needs to develop an action plan to address the immediate actions and short term KPIs contained in the report. Although not adhered to, it has been sent to Running out Racism and Sporting Equals for further consultation before final approval and will be published in the coming days.

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“Everyone in the sport, at all levels, needs to look at the role they have played in this,” Cricket Scotland interim chief executive Gordon Arthur said following the review earlier. This year.

“Everyone in the sport, at all levels, needs to look at the role they have played in this,” Cricket Scotland interim chief executive Gordon Arthur said following the review earlier. This year.

3 – Western District Cricket Union (WDCU) Review

An urgent and independent review of the overall effectiveness of the implementation of disciplinary processes by the Western District Cricket Union Committee was required.

The union organizes and promotes cricket to half the population of Scotland.

This has not been achieved. However, a new executive committee is in place, half of which come from ethnically diverse communities, and this independent review of the disciplinary process will be completed by October 30.

4 – Sponsorships

Cricket Scotland also had to address the backlog of referrals generated by the review. The 68 individual concerns that have been referred to organizations including Police Scotland for further investigation are being independently reviewed, with investigations ongoing where appropriate.

This process is being led by sports law firm Harper MacLeod LLP, UK-wide race equality charity Sporting Equals, with support from anti-racism campaign group Running Out Racism.

Three areas that have been completed and remain ongoing include Cricket Scotland placed under special measures by sportscotland – Scotland’s national agency for sport. This will remain in place until October 2023.

The WDCU is also subject to special measures while the union’s role in handling all disciplinary matters related to its competitions and clubs has also been suspended, with those powers given to an alternative organization to manage.

The lawyer representing former cricketers Majid Haq and Qasim Sheikh, Aamer Anwar, has called a report into institutional racism in sport and Cricket Scotland's indictment - and says it is a warning to other sports.

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The lawyer representing former cricketers Majid Haq and Qasim Sheikh, Aamer Anwar, has called a report into institutional racism in sport and Cricket Scotland’s indictment – and says it is a warning to other sports.

The lawyer representing former cricketers Majid Haq and Qasim Sheikh, Aamer Anwar, has called a report into institutional racism in sport and Cricket Scotland’s indictment – and says it is a warning to other sports.

Dunlop: ‘Racist abuse and discrimination is unacceptable’

Sportscotland COO, Forbes Dunlopsaid: “In the eight weeks since the publication of the Changing The Boundaries report, Cricket Scotland has made progress in several areas. However, it is important that further progress is made over the coming months to bring about change. culture that we all want to see in Scottish cricket.

“The importance of the appointments to the Cricket Scotland Board cannot be underestimated. The recruitment process for the independent chairman and non-executive directors is ongoing and it is essential that Cricket Scotland appoints a diverse board that has the skills needed to move the sport forward be an important step in demonstrating real and meaningful change.

“It is unacceptable that anyone has been subjected to racist abuse and discrimination while playing cricket, and where this has been the case, steps must be taken to address the past through a fully independent and robust process.

“Today’s interim progress update and associated short-term action plan for Cricket Scotland must be followed by strong action and real cultural change within the sport. We will help Cricket Scotland to rebuild itself while keeping all options on the table to ensure they work on all recommendations of the Changing Boundaries report.

Arthur: “A lot of progress has been made”

Acting Chief Executive of Cricket Scotland, Gordon Arthursaid: “It has been a difficult two months for everyone at Cricket Scotland since the publication of Changing The Boundaries. A lot of good work has been done on the referral review process, the action plan, the start of the long process to rebuild trust with our communities and to initiate the culture change needed at Cricket Scotland.

“This first of five quarterly reports demonstrates that a lot of progress has been made, in addition to delivering 11 home international cricket matches, preparing the women’s and men’s international teams for the World Cup qualifiers and the final weeks of the national season.

“We look forward to the appointment of a new board to help move the work forward and are grateful for the continued support from sportscotland.”




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