Report Finds Cricket Scotland “Institutionally Racist”

An independent inquiry into accusations of racism at Cricket Scotland has found the organisation’s governance and leadership practices to be “institutionalized racist”. The report, which was described as a “wake-up call for Scottish sport”, found 448 examples of institutional racism. Last year, a review was commissioned by sportscotland, the national funding body, after Scotland’s leading wicket-taker Majid Haq and former team-mate Qasim Sheikh said they had been racially abused.

As part of the assessment, an anonymous survey was conducted, with 62 percent of respondents saying they had experienced, seen or received incidents of racism, inequality or discrimination.

Allegations include racial abuse, use of inappropriate language, favoritism towards white public school children and lack of a transparent selection process.

The survey, conducted by consultancy Plan4Sport, found that Cricket Scotland failed on 29 of 31 indicators of institutional racism.

As a result of the findings, the governing body has been placed in special measures until at least October 2023, with sportscotland effectively taking control of the organization.

“Cricket Scotland’s governance and leadership practices are institutionally racist,” said Louise Tideswell, general manager of Plan4Sport.

“The reality is that the organization’s leadership failed to see the problems and by not doing so, enabled a culture of racially aggravated micro-aggressions.”

The board of Cricket Scotland resigned en masse on Sunday.

Interim CEO Gordon Arthur said: “The racism and discrimination that has taken place in the sport we all love should never have happened, or have gone unchallenged for so long.

“I would like once again to offer my sincere apologies to all those who have been victims of racism and discrimination in Scottish cricket.”

One of the recommendations of the review is that the new board should have no more than 60-40 male-female ratios and that a minimum of 25 percent of its members should be from black, Southeast Asian or other mixed or multiple ethnic groups. groups.

Sportscotland director Stewart Harris described the findings as “deeply disturbing and in some cases shocking”.

“Today should also be a wake-up call for all of Scottish sport,” he added.

“Racism is a social problem and it is no longer good enough to simply be non-racist. Scottish sport must now be actively anti-racist.”

The issue of racism within British cricket as a whole was brought up again two years ago when former spinner Azeem Rafiq said he was subjected to racial harassment and bullying during his time as a player for the England county of Yorkshire.

Although an investigation confirmed seven of Rafiq’s 43 allegations, the club initially stated that no one would be disciplined, a decision met with widespread disbelief.

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Eventually, pressure mounted on Yorkshire, leading to a massive clean-up of senior board members and coaching staff.

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