It is indeed a pity that cricket has not been able to brush-off the stigma of racism within its ranks.
Just a few months before this ugly ghost regrows its head, causing many people
related to the game left disgraceful scene.
In the latest episode on the matter, Scottish Cricket will lose almost £500,000 in annual funding if it does not urgently implement the recommendations of a report that allegedly finds institutional racism in the sport this.
The entire cricket board has taken an impressive step before releasing the results of what has been described as a devastating independent investigation.
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Outgoing Scottish Cricket directors have also issued an apology to anyone being abused or discriminated against after Scotland’s all-time best bowler, Majid Haq and former team-mate Qasim Sheikh launches detailed investigation into allegations of racism.
Majid Haq and former teammate Qasim Sheikh made a series of allegations of racism in Scottish cricket last November. Haq, now 39, has represented Scotland for 13 years but has not played again after a tweet at the 2015 World Cup in which he said it was always harder when you were in the minority.
Haq has represented Scotland more than 200 times but did not return to play after being kicked out of the 2015 World Cup. Haq said that as an ethnic cricketer, there should be a better chance than twice as much. with a white opponent.
Safyaan Sharif, another Scotland international, mentioned that racism and discrimination are clearly an issue in cricket.
He added that as a player he had high hopes for his future but with his future ambitions gone, Haq and Sheikh expressed their concerns in November last year following a spate of allegations of racism in cricket in England, including former Yorkshire and England bowler Azeem Rafiq.
Sheikh said they were lucky to play for their national team but lost their place after speaking out earlier.
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Haq and Sheikh have decided to speak out after the Yorkshire cricket scandal and Azeem Rafiq’s accusations of racism in the UK cricket system.
Although Rafiq’s testimony focused on his experiences in Yorkshire, allegations of racism followed across the country.
The ECB has faced persistent criticism for the speed and scope of its action, but there have been no senior resignations within the institution over it.
Former West Indies bowler Michael Holding said last year that the ECB lacked a backbone and was weak in handling the matter. Former referee John Holder said there was a regime of complete incompetence.
Holder had previously called for an investigation into the lack of diversity among referees. The ECB has charged seven unnamed people in connection with their investigation in Yorkshire and put together an action plan to tackle racism.
Sport Scotland, the national body for sport in Scotland and which last year provided £460,000 in funding to Scottish Cricket, said it would act immediately to provide significant additional support in governance and leadership. .
Majid was sacked from the World Cup in 2015, never played for his country again and Shaikh never played again, prompting Shaikh to say these outrageous actions showed they were treated differently due to the color of their skin. their white counterparts. .
It should also be made clear that all recommendations from the review should be implemented and as a last resort possible future funding discussions to ensure that the necessary changes are implemented.
Cricket Scotland says it has committed to a partnership with Sport Scotland.
In its letter of resignation, Cricket Scotland’s board said the review had reached an unprecedented level of commitment and would be transformative to Scottish sport.
The council has publicly apologized to anyone who has experienced racism or any other form of discrimination in cricket in Scotland.
The trustees said they had embarked on a governance overhaul and were committed to providing a radical, fair and timely resolution to the problems posed by racism.