England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is set to go under the heat the hammer following an inquiry over the non-white umpires. Former Hampshire turned umpire John Holder called for an enquiry over the absence of non-white umpires in England.
Holder, 75, has been associated with the England cricket as an umpire from the last 30 years, has expressed concerns over absence of non-white umpires.
The veteran umpire has accused the ECB of racism and openly called for an enquiry for not having black skinned umpire in the first-class cricket.
“I’ve lived in England for 56 years. And I can tell you, hand on heart, I have never experienced racism before. But when you look at these figures when you understand what is going on, it is hard to reach any other conclusion,” John Holder told ESPNCricinfo.
“When I stopped working for the ICC, I contacted the ECB to offer my services to mentor umpires. I didn’t even get a reply. Instead, ex-players, some of whom have never stood as umpires, were appointed to the role. That is ludicrous. It’s like employing someone who can’t drive to be a driving instructor,” he added.
As per some reports, one of ECB’s senior members was suspended recently on the grounds of racism allegations but now he is expected to return to work.
“My suspicion is that there has been a definite policy of only employing whites for this position. There needs to be a transparent policy related to selecting, training, and mentoring umpires, which presently does not exist,” said John.