In a major blow to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), former England umpire is suing the board. Former Test umpire John Holder officially confirmed filing a complaint against the cricket governing body of England over “institutionalized racism”. Holder alleged that he was discriminated against on grounds of race.
Last month he, along with a fellow umpire Ismail Dawood, had accused the board of the existence of racism promoting elements within the administration. They had demanded an investigation from Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) over the matter.
Holder and Dawood had also accused the umpire’s department of the board last month of not employing any full-time non-white umpire for 28 years. They have demanded compensation a recommendation on the ECB’s future conduct under section 123 (3) (b) of the 2010 Equality Act. They have claimed that they are open to settlement.
Commenting over the allegations, an ECB spokesperson said, “We are not aware of the detail of this claim from John Holder and are therefore unable to comment upon it. The ECB is absolutely committed to ensuring there is no place for discrimination, of any kind, in our sport.”
A renowned British umpire who has served as a first-class umpire from 1983 to 2009. He has also umpired in 11 Test matches.