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Cricket-ECB unveils action plan to tackle racism following Rafiq allegations

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Cricket-ECB unveils action plan to tackle racism following Rafiq allegations
Cricket-ECB unveils action plan to tackle racism following Rafiq allegations   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p> – The England and Wales Cricket Board (<span class="caps">ECB</span>) on Friday released a 12-point action plan to tackle racism and discrimination in the sport, including a review of the “dressing room culture” across teams and a standardised approach to whistleblowing.</p> <p>The move comes after a number of players, including former Yorkshire spinner Azeem Rafiq https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/asian-heritage-cricketers-insulted-humiliated-yorkshire-rafiq-says-2021-11-16, alleged they were the victims of institutional racism at their clubs.</p> <p>The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (<span class="caps">EDI</span>) Action Plan https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/2369919 promises a redesigned blueprint for player and coach education, as well as a mentoring programme for cricketers from diverse or underprivileged backgrounds.</p> <p>Teams will also be required to diversify their leadership boards by April 2022, with a commitment to have 30% female and representative ethnicity.</p> <p>“We have now set out a series of game-wide commitments so that cricket can start to make the transformation that we know is needed,” <span class="caps">ECB</span> interim chair Barry O’Brien said.</p> <p>“Change is required as a matter of urgency, but we also recognise that sustained action is required over months and years to achieve fundamental and long lasting progress. This must begin today.”</p> <p>The <span class="caps">ECB</span> said it would set up a new anti-discrimination unit within sixth months and also vowed to remove “structural and cultural barriers” in their elite talent pathways.</p> <p>“For cricket truly to ‘connect communities and improve lives’ — our stated aim at the <span class="caps">ECB</span> — we must start by accepting that not enough has happened to make our game better” <span class="caps">ECB</span> chief executive Tom Harrison said.</p> <p>“That is the only possible reaction to the powerful testimony of Azeem Rafiq and others in recent weeks.”</p> <p/> </div>