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ECB Commission investigating discrimination in cricket ‘inundated’ with responses in recent weeks

The commission set up by the ECB to investigate racism and other forms of discrimination in cricket received more than 2,000 responses in two weeks.

The Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC), established in March, opened an anonymous online poll on November 9 to ask for people’s opinions on the culture of the game and its chairman, Cindy Butts, said that ‘there had already been a major reaction.

“Since launching Part 1 of our call for evidence, we’ve been inundated with responses,” Butts said.

“Over 2,000 people across the country have come forward to share their experiences both through the survey and also by contacting the ICEC directly. We anticipate that more and more people will come forward.

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

The daily mail reported that allegations of racism had been made to the ICEC regarding the 18 first class counties.

The Commission will produce a report next year based on the evidence it receives and Butts told the BBC earlier this month: “We’ll say what we have to say and not hesitate to really mirror cricket and say ‘This is what you look like’. We will follow the evidence wherever it takes us.

Jahid Ahmed has become the latest former Essex player to say he was racially abused while playing for the club.

In an interview with The cricketerAhmed says he concluded Essex was “a world of white men where brunettes were strangers” after a teammate asked him if he was “going to bomb” the club.

The 35-year-old also claims his voice was mocked and imitated by players and some coaching staff and felt compelled to attend a team meeting in a pub while ‘he fasted during Ramadan.

The new development follows allegations made earlier this month by former Essex hitter Zoheb Sharif, who said he suffered racist abuse, including being called a ‘bomber’ by his teammates after the September 11 attacks in the United States.

Another former Essex player, Maurice Chambers, also described how he was allegedly the victim of racist intimidation for 10 years at the club, including throwing bananas at him and frequently being the subject of racist jokes.

John Faragher resigned as president of Essex on November 11 following a claim he used racist language at a board meeting in 2017, which he firmly denied .

Yorkshire has been widely condemned for saying it would not discipline anyone despite a report that Rafiq was the victim of ‘racial harassment and intimidation’. Club president Roger Hutton and general manager Mark Arthur subsequently resigned.

Yorkshire announced on Monday that 36 people had contacted its independent whistleblower hotline, initiated by new club chairman Lord Kamlesh Patel, within a week of its launch.

PA Sport Supplementary Reports.


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