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Cricket Scotland governance discovered to be ‘institutionally racist’ | Cricket Information

The governance and management practices of Cricket Scotland are “institutionally racist”, the group main the unbiased evaluate of the governing physique stated on Monday. The examine confirmed 448 examples demonstrated institutional racism, with 62% of survey respondents saying that they had skilled, seen, or had reported to them incidents of racism, inequalities, or discrimination. It discovered that governing physique Cricket Scotland failed in 29 out of 31 indicators of institutional racism set out by a consultancy agency main the investigation.

Plan4Sport, commissioned by SportScotland, was tasked with main the evaluate in December final 12 months, and over the previous few months, the physique engaged with over 1,000 folks in any respect ranges of Scottish cricket.

“Our view is evident: the governance and management practices of Cricket Scotland have been institutionally racist,” Louise Tideswell, managing director of Plan4Sport, stated in an announcement.

“Over the evaluate interval, we’ve got seen the bravery of so many individuals coming ahead to share their tales which had impacted on their lives. “The fact is that the management of the group didn’t see the issues and, in failing to take action, enabled a tradition of racially aggravated micro-aggressions to develop.

“It did not handle the dearth of variety at board and employees stage and missed the necessity to develop clear reporting, investigation and case administration processes to handle incidents of racism and discrimination.”

The board of Cricket Scotland apologized and resigned on Sunday, a day earlier than the report was revealed, citing that the decision of points and overhaul required was “unachievable” inside the proposed timescale.


The evaluate was commissioned after allegations had been made by one of many nation’s all-time main wicket-takers, Majid Haq, who stated Cricket Scotland was “institutionally racist”.

Haq’s former teammate Qasim Sheikh additionally spoke out concerning the abuse he had suffered, with each gamers saying they had been handled in another way as a result of colour of their pores and skin. Reuters has contacted the gamers’ lawyer for remark.

The allegations got here after Azeem Rafiq instructed a British parliamentary committee in November concerning the discrimination he confronted whereas at Yorkshire, with the spinner additionally saying the game in England was “institutionally racist”. Different findings included an absence of Equality, Variety, and Inclusion (EDI) or anti-racist coaching for board, employees, volunteers, gamers, coaches, or umpires in addition to no mechanism in place for dealing with racist incidents.

The evaluate added that those that raised points had been “sidelined and ignored”. One of many suggestions stated Cricket Scotland should be positioned in “particular measures” by SportScotland till at the least October 2023 and new board members be appointed no later than Sept. 30 this 12 months.

“The variety of board members must be a minimal of 40% males and 40% girls, guaranteeing {that a} minimal of 25% of the full board make-up come from of Black, South-East Asian, or different combined or a number of ethnic teams,” it added.

One other suggestion stated all investigations ensuing from referrals, of which there’s a backlog, should be “expedited by a 3rd celebration with the suitable experience”.


Cricket Scotland interim CEO Gordon Arthur issued a “heartfelt apology” to all victims of racism and discrimination, saying the report was a watershed second for the sport in Scotland.

“We acknowledge the affect it will have had on people and their households. We hope the report gives them with some reassurance that their voices have been heard, and we’re sorry this didn’t occur sooner,” Arthur stated.

“Vital cultural change should occur and it should occur shortly. The rapid precedence should be to get the unbiased referral course of agreed and applied so the investigations into the referrals can begin.”

Stewart Harris, the chief government of SportScotland, stated a number of the findings within the report are “deeply involved and in some circumstances stunning”, describing it as a wake-up name for Scottish sport.

“Because the nationwide company for sport, we’ll work with and assist Cricket Scotland to assist change the tradition of Scottish cricket and that should now be the main focus,” Harris stated.

“There was some progress in current months however we have to see extra steps being taken to handle the problems raised and importantly that features the referrals.”

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