Following the aftermath of a brutal killing of George Floyd in the US, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has vowed to eliminate racism from cricket. The board has acknowledged to bring considerable change in the near future regarding the same which was highly thought of as a taboo, until recently.
“We have listened carefully to those who have spoken out in recent weeks about their experiences of being black in cricket, sport and society,” the ECB press release read.
“We admire them for being vocal on this crucial topic. We know that systematic racism spans institutions and sectors across the country and we know that our sport is not immune. We understand that barriers to its enjoyment exist for many communities. We have made progress in bringing cricket to more and more people around the country and it is our resolve to break down these barriers.”
The ECB also mentioned the active participation and contribution of “black influencers within the sport” in order to evolve their “existing inclusion and diversity work and specifically address the issues raised by the black community.”
Along with the ECB, many former and current England cricketers opened up about this issue, one of which is James Anderson. He reckons how racial comments were passed on to Jofra Archer during a Test match in New Zealand in late 2019.
“It’s so important that we continue to listen to the voices of those who have spoken out.” read the release. “We must educate ourselves, face uncomfortable truths, in order to create action internally and throughout the game to ensure long-term change.”
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