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The Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) has appointed four Commissioners to take forward its independent examination of equity in the sport. These Commissioners were carefully selected based on their demonstrable commitment to representing and promoting the diverse experiences from those currently underrepresented in the game of cricket.

The Commissioners act independently of the ECB to bring their expertise in cricket, equality and organisational change. The ICEC is led by the Chair of the Commission Cindy Butts, who was appointed by the ECB.

Commisioners

Cindy Butts

Cindy Butts, Chair

Cindy has over 20 years of experience improving access to justice, tackling inequality and complaints handling. She currently has a portfolio career which includes being a Lay Member of the House of Commons Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, a Lay Member of the House of Lords Conduct Committee and is a Trustee of the charity Kick it Out which is striving to eradicate all forms of discrimination in football.

Cindy previously held a Crown appointment as a Commissioner at the Criminal Cases Review Commission and formerly served as a Commissioner at the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Prior to this she was the Deputy Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) where she had responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the Metropolitan Police Service. As the MPA Deputy Chair she led on organisational and culture reforms following the Stephen Lawrence (Macpherson) Inquiry and chaired a range of inquiries into equalities issues.

Cindy has advised various international Governments on police oversight and citizen engagement, most recently advising the South African Government on legislative reforms to police oversight. Cindy is also a Visiting Fellow of BPP University.

Sir Brendan Barber

Sir Brendan Barber

Brendan Barber is currently the Deputy Chair of the Financial Services Culture Board. He also serves on the Joint Industry Board in the electrical contracting industry, and on the Trustee Board for the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He served as Chair of the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) from 2014 to 2020 and as General Secretary of the TUC from 2003 to 2012. He has also served on a number of public bodies including the Court of Directors of the Bank of England and the board of Sport England. He was knighted in 2013 for services to employment relations.

Zafar Ansari

Zafar Ansari

In 2010, Zafar was offered his first professional contract with Surrey County Cricket Club, having been involved with the Club’s age-group teams since the age of 8. Zafar played as a left-arm spinning allrounder for Surrey’s for the next seven years, making 175 first-team appearances across all formats. In 2015, he was selected for England to play a one-day international against Ireland. The following year he was picked to tour Bangladesh and India, where he played three test matches.

Alongside pursuing a career as a cricketer, between 2010 and 2013, Zafar studied Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Zafar received a Cambridge ‘Blue’ in 2011 and 2012, and captained the Cambridge Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Universities side in 2013. He has also completed a Masters’ degree in History at Royal Holloway, University of London. In June 2017, Zafar made the difficult decision to retire from professional cricket. Between September 2017 and September 2018, Zafar worked as a youth advocate for the charity Just for Kids Law, representing young people in disputes relating to housing, immigration, school exclusions and the provision of social care. He combined this with a law conversion degree, which he completed in May 2019. Zafar then completed the Bar Professional Training Course whilst volunteering with the Refugee Council’s Refugee Cricket Project. Zafar was called to the Bar in February 2021 and has been training as a pupil barrister since September 2020.

Michelle Moore

Michelle Moore

Michelle Moore is a multi-award-winning leadership coach, consultant and international speaker with over a decade of experience leading initiatives at the intersection of sport and social change. Voted as one of the 50 most influential women in sport in the UK she is a globally recognised executive on leadership, strategic partnerships and race equity. Through the delivery of coaching and leadership programmes across government, sport, business, and charity sectors Michelle’s work focuses on the personal and collective transformation of people, communities and organisations.

Winner of the 2016 UK Precious Award for ‘Outstanding Woman in Sport’ and a Football Black List award in 2017. Michelle combines her campaigning roles with board roles for SportsAid, the Sport England Talent Inclusion Advisory Board and is a senior honorary associate lecturer at the University of Worcester.

Michael Collins

Michael Collins

Dr Michael Collins is an associate professor of modern British history at University College London (UCL). Since 2007, he has taught and published research on the history of the British Empire, decolonisation, national identity, immigration, race and racism in postwar Britain. He serves as Vice Dean in the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences at UCL, where he works on issues closely related to diversity and inclusion. His current research project – “Windrush Cricket” – looks at the history of cricket in the context of Caribbean immigration since 1948. He has served on the Middlesex County Cricket Club Diversity & Inclusion committee, currently coaches junior cricket at Chesham CC in south Buckinghamshire, and has two sons playing in the Buckinghamshire county pathway.

Secretariat

The Commission is supported by a small secretariat of two full time staff.

Terms of Reference

1.

Examine questions of equity in relation to race, gender and class within cricket - including access and barriers to the sport and progression towards professional level cricket.

2.

Examine the lived experiences of people who have experienced discrimination or prejudice based on race, gender and class in cricket.

3.

Review the strategic decision making and approach of the ECB in relation to its work on race, gender and class.

4.

Examine within cricket and in the context of race, gender and class: the historic and current culture, the governance and leadership, the processes of complaints and disciplinary processes and whistleblowing procedures.

5.

Highlight areas of good practice as they relate to issues of race, gender and class, whether within cricket or other sports.

6.

Provide recommendations on what further action the ECB and the wider game needs to take to make cricket a game for everyone.

How it works

The Commission will carry out an evidence gathering exercise to inform its work. This will include:

  • - Commissioning research
  • - An open call for evidence
  • - Evidentiary sessions with witnesses and stakeholders

The ICEC’s final report will be completed within 12 months and at the end of the timeframe we will make recommendations on the short and long-term measures required to improve equity in cricket.

Core values

The ICEC operates on the basis of the following core values:

  • Independent
  • Inclusive
  • Evidence Based
  • Transparent
  • Collaborative