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Commission receives over 2,000 responses about discrimination in cricket

A COMMISSION looking at racism and other forms of discrimination in cricket has been inundated with more than 2,000 responses in the fortnight since it opened a call for evidence, its chair has said.

The sport has been engulfed in a racism scandal following Azeem Rafiq’s harrowing testimony to a parliamentary committee last week outlining the racist abuse he was subjected to during two spells at Yorkshire.

The Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC), set up by the England & Wales Cricket Board in March, opened an anonymous online survey on November 9 asking for people’s views on the culture of the game and its chair, Cindy Butts, said there had already been a huge response.

“Since launching part one of our call for evidence, we have been inundated with responses,” Butts said.

“More than 2,000 people across the country have come forward to share their experiences both through the survey and also by directly reaching out to the ICEC.

We anticipate that more and more people will come forward.

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

The Daily Mail reported that allegations of racism had been made to the ICEC in relation to all 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 will say what we need to say and not shy away from really putting a mirror up to cricket and saying:

‘This is what you look like.’

We will follow the evidence wherever it takes us.”

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