There is no hiding place for the ECB

28 Jun 2023 11:25 #400700 by chairman
There is no hiding place for the ECB or any organisation within cricket, the key stakeholders. Everyone has to take a look at themselves. Are organisations equipped to deal with discrimination? That was the one knock-on effect of the Azeem Rafiq trial was that organisations became better at making sure there were reporting mechanisms in place.

Is that there for every organisation? I hope it is now because many people in the game experience discrimination. They might have heard something that has been said – not to them but to someone else. But how do you report that?

In our environment here at the BBC are you going to go to your producer and feel comfortable telling how you feel about certain subjects without that going anywhere else?

We’re getting down to the nitty-gritty here and actual examples but a lot of these things need to be set up with transparency and openness to be able to handle these situations. That’s what we’re faced with in the game.

You look at clubs as well. If there are any clubs out there wanting to do something and want to improve their offering for other people around them, you look at your club and you see who isn’t there. Who is not there playing cricket? Then you go, ‘how do we try and attract more people to our sport?’

Always tell someone how you feel because opportunities are lost in the blink of an eye but regret can last a lifetime.

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28 Jun 2023 11:26 #400701 by chairman
Daily Mirror cricket correspondent Dean Wilson: "I see lots and lots of black people at The Oval but they are all bar staff, waiting staff, event support, security. Low skilled work around the outside. The game is going on in the middle but they are on the outside. There is a disconnect.

"It is complex but in order for the game to move forward - not just in London, this is a nationwide issue - we have to open our hearts, open our minds and say we want a game for everyone. We are going to do this together.

"I looked around the press room and there was one woman, one Asian face, one black face and the rest were white men. It is not a unique situation. We all have to try and do our bit."

Always tell someone how you feel because opportunities are lost in the blink of an eye but regret can last a lifetime.

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28 Jun 2023 11:27 #400702 by chairman
Leadership is so important as we look to solutions going forward. There are so many amazing leaders in this game who have got it right and have tried encourage inclusivity in the dressing room and encourage people to be themselves.

But also keeping an eye on people around you who might be affected by that comment. Take them to one side during the day and see if they're OK.

Quite often, those in the minority just go along with it because they want to feel part of the team. They do it because maybe they're on the fringes and they don't want to cause a scene so they can stay part of that environment.

Those who have left the game it is because they've had those experiences, they weren't happy with it but they had nowhere to go and talk about it. For me, it's just having that understanding that you can look out for your team-mates.

It doesn't have to be the leader but that leader has to create a culture within that dressing room. It's not just the captain, it's the coach as well and the coaching environment around that group of players.

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28 Jun 2023 11:32 #400703 by chairman
Daily Mirror cricket correspondent Dean Wilson: "It is life. We are talking about cricket but it is not just cricket. But cricket has an opportunity to make or set an example and face up to this challenge and lead in a way to show how we can be more tolerant and respect people. That is the key word here - treating people with respect, That's the starting point from which everything flows.

"But it is across the board. It is the breadth of it - sexism, classism, racism, any form of discrimination really.

"I heard a story from Mark Alleyne from his time at Gloucestershire. There was discrimination of any kind of characteristic. It was someone with ginger hair, or a big nose. The 'b' word - banter - is used but it doesn't have to be that way.

"You want to support your team-mates but the chap who is the butt of his joke is being made to feel worse. So it doesn't matter what it is, it is a toxic environment that has been allowed to fester over time."

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02 Jul 2023 16:37 #400730 by ketchim
England batsmen don't have what it takes for BazBall style....
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