England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday came up with new commission to promote equality in cricket. The board established a new independent commission equality forum along with a new code of conduct promoting equality.
All these measures will drive the campaign to counter discrimination across the country and promote diversity and equality. The entire plan will be implemented in the coming months after it got a unanimous vote by the ECB members on Tuesday.
The board was forced to come up with such steps after repeated instances of discriminatory practices within the board from the past few months. It included some of the high-profile names including the officials like Michael Carberry and Yorkshire bowler Azeem Rafiq.
Carberry even went on to say that racism is rife in the game of cricket within the country. While Rafiq alleged the same by describing the practice as “Institutionalized racism”.
ECB chairman Ian Watmore said: “We are clear that all discriminatory behaviour is unacceptable, and are committed to driving it out of the game through better governance, education, training, role modelling and behavioural change, but also through disciplinary action when necessary.
“Continuing to listen to the experiences of people, whether positive or negative and engaging with independent experts will help to inform, strengthen and challenge our thinking and plans as we move forward. Taken together, these steps will ensure that the ECB achieves lasting change.”
ECB has been very stringent ever since several allegations in the past and it has now committed on driving out discrimination and increase diversity”.