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Entire Cricket Scotland board resigns

Entire Cricket Scotland board resigns

With a report set to be released on 25th July against the racism allegations, the entire Cricket Scotland board has submitted its resignation. The allegations were made by two Muslim cricketers named Qasim Sheikh and Majid Haq. In an independent review, Cricket Scotland is found institutionally racist.

While resigning, the board issued a sorry letter to those whose sentiments have been hurt ever by any racial act. The two cricketers revealed they were racially abused during their playing careers and were treated differently because of their skin colours. The letter reads,

“When the review into racism in Scottish cricket was announced last year, we were fully supportive of the review. The review has achieved an unparalleled level of engagement, and we believe it will be truly transformative, not just for Cricket Scotland and the sport of cricket, but it will provide a watershed moment for Scottish sport and society in general. The Board have been totally committed to implementing the findings of this review in full to make the sport of cricket in Scotland a truly welcoming and inclusive place for all. We are all truly sorry and have apologised publicly to everyone who has experienced racism, or any other form of discrimination, in cricket in Scotland.

“The Board has also made important initial steps to improve the governance and leadership of Cricket Scotland since the start of the year. This is, without doubt, the start of another long journey to overhaul and modernise the governance of the sport to ensure its continued success in the years ahead.

“These two programmes of work, one to deliver a thorough, fair and speedy resolution to the issues raised about racism, and the other to overhaul and modernise the governance of the sport, are individually huge challenges for a small organisation like Cricket Scotland. We acknowledge the significant support received from sportscotland to date, and we know that they will continue to work in partnership to ensure speedy progress going forward.

“However, while the Board has not been given sight of the review report, it is now aware of the proposed timescales and of certain mandated actions proposed within the report that it believes make the delivery of these two programmes unachievable within the timetable proposed and the current governance framework. Consequently, we believe we must now step aside to enable the required progress to be made in the coming months.”

This letter has been taken from Crictracker.

Earlier, Pakistani cricketer Azeem Rafiq’s racism allegations went viral against Yorkshire Cricket Club. Back then, there were back-to-back resignations by the concerned bodies alongside a ban imposed on the Club from hosting any international match.

Also, some serious racial allegations have been made against Essex Club. In November 2021, ex-Essex players including Maurice Chambers, Zoheb Sharif, and Jahid Ahmed reported racial remarks by their coach and captain. The independent report is likely to be made public this September.

Also, see:

One more Pakistani cricketer talks about racism in England

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