ECB apologizes and vows to tackle discrimination in cricket following ICEC report

The ICEC (International Commission for Equity in Cricket) has released its report today, shedding light on the existing challenges of equity in the sport. The report identifies the presence of structural and institutional racism, sexism, and class-based discrimination within cricket.

In response to the report’s findings, the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) has expressed its deep apologies to those who have experienced discrimination in cricket. The ECB commissioned the report as part of its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) initiatives to address discrimination allegations and ensure greater representation in the game.

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Richard Thompson, ECB Chair, acknowledges the historic failures of the cricketing system and vows to rectify the shortcomings. He recognizes that women and Black individuals have been neglected for far too long. Thompson emphasizes that cricket should be a game for everyone and expresses remorse for the pain and exclusion caused by the sport’s past shortcomings.

Thompson appreciates the efforts of the ICEC, particularly Cindy Butts, the Commissioners, and their team, for bringing these issues to light. He also commends the courage of individuals who shared their experiences, while acknowledging that many more may have felt unable to do so.

As recommended by the ICEC, the ECB commits to working with the entire cricketing community over the next three months to develop a comprehensive action plan. The board aims to publish this plan to demonstrate its dedication to creating a more inclusive sport. Thompson’s ultimate goal is for cricket to become the epitome of inclusivity in England and Wales.

The release of this report serves as a wake-up call for the cricketing fraternity to address the historic inequities and create a more welcoming and equal environment for current and future generations. The ECB’s commitment to taking decisive action and implementing necessary reforms is a positive step towards a more inclusive future for cricket.