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Holding up a mirror to cricket

Our recommendations for change should be led by those who experience the game of cricket first-hand. Whether a spectator, player, coach, volunteer or a member of staff at any of the cricketing bodies in England and Wales, the Commission aims to create 
a space where your experiences and suggestions 
can be heard.

Message from the Commission

In March this year, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) set up The Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC). The ICEC’s mission is to independently evaluate the state of equity in cricket and to listen to the realities of people’s experiences within the game. Our terms of reference focus on issues relating to race, gender and class.

This is a critical time for cricket. The spotlight is firmly on racism and inequity within the game. Last week, and over the weekend, we saw further revelations from former players who have bravely come forward to publicly share their experiences. We also heard serious concerns raised about how cricketing institutions are responding.

This must be a wake-up call – change is desperately needed.

Today, we are launching our open call for evidence to feed into the research programme that is informing our work. To effect changes that will make cricket truly an inclusive and equitable sport, it is vital that we hear from everyone across the game, at all levels, past and present.  We are calling for the public and those closely involved with the game to share their insights, experiences and evidence with us. In doing so they will be helping us build an evidence base that will inform our final report. And importantly, they will be contributing to the recommendations we make to help create real and positive change in cricket.

There are two ways to give evidence to the Commission: through responding to our online survey, which is collecting and documenting the personal experiences of people connected with cricket, and through our Call for Written Evidence which will launch in December.

The ECB has committed itself to giving serious consideration to our findings and issuing a formal and public response to our final report. This will set out whether they have accepted our recommendations, and detail what actions they plan to take in response.

We need your help to do this. We are launching this call for evidence to hear directly from those involved in the game, at all levels. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cindy Butts – Chair of the ICEC
Zafar Ansari – Commissioner
Sir Brendan Barber – Commissioner
Dr Michael Collins – Commissioner
Michelle Moore – Commissioner

Overview – ICEC Call for Evidence

This open Call for Evidence seeks public and stakeholder views on issues related to equity in England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) governed cricket. Views are welcome from all. We are particularly interested in hearing from those who have experiences and/or direct evidence of discrimination or unfair treatment across the professional or recreational game and within cricket’s talent pathways. We want to hear a wide range of views and collect evidence from individuals and organisations on the questions we have set out, particularly from those that have first-hand insight into initiatives that have delivered tangible improvements towards making cricket genuinely an equal and inclusive sport.

There are two parts to the ICEC’s Call for Evidence.

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Part one - Survey: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Cricket

Make your voice heard and share your experiences of equity and discrimination in cricket.

We are conducting a survey to collect and document your personal experiences of discrimination or unfair treatment, or experiences of inclusion and being supported, in cricket. This could be, but is not limited to, experiences as a professional or recreational player, whilst going through the talent pathway, as member of staff at the ECB or a first-class county (or any other cricketing bodies), or as a fan. If you have experiences of discrimination in cricket, or if you have experiences of inclusion, please complete our survey found here. We have commissioned specialist equalities research agency Versiti to conduct this research on our behalf. You will have the option to share your experiences anonymously should you wish to do so; their privacy notice can be found here. The ICEC’s Privacy Notice can be found here.
The Survey will close on 21/12/21. For further information about the survey please review our Survey FAQs.

Part Two: Call for written evidence

(Launches December)

We will be launching a Call for Written Evidence in December 2021. Further information will be available on our website shortly.

 

Alongside our call for evidence the Commission will be undertaking other research to inform its work and will be asking a wide range of stakeholders to give oral evidence to it directly. If you are interested in giving oral evidence to the Commission please contact the ICEC’s Secretariat on info@theicec.com for an initial discussion. Please note that it will not be possible for everyone who wants to give oral evidence to the Commission to do so.

Support Available

As the ICEC will not be able to investigate individual complaints, if you would like to make a formal complaint relating to discrimination in cricket, please contact the ECB here.

 

If you have experienced forms of racism or discrimination, these services can also offer support. There may be other national services or services local to you that offer support and advice.

 

Please note that these services are independent of the ICEC.

Citizens Advice gives free, confidential information and advice to assist people with legal issues concerning discrimination and other problems.

Helpline (England): 0800 144 8848
Helpline (Wales): 0800 702 2020

Stop Hate UK is a leading national organisation in tackling all forms of hate crime, providing independent, confidential reporting and support for victims, witnesses and third parties.

Helpline: 0800 138 1625

Equality Advisory and Support Service has a helpline that advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales. Further resources are also available on their website.

Helpline: 0808 800 0082

Acas has a helpline that provides advice if you are experiencing problems in the workplace.

Helpline: 0300 123 1100

Samaritans offers a 24hour confidential listening service to anyone going through a difficult time.

Helpline: 116 123