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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

The Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) was set up in March 2021 by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Our mission on the ICEC is to independently evaluate the state of equity in cricket and to examine people’s experiences within the game, so that we can develop recommendations to help cricket become a genuinely equitable and inclusive sport. Our Terms of Reference focus particularly on issues relating to race, gender and class.

 

This is a critical time for cricket. Rightly the spotlight is firmly on racism and other forms of inequity within the game. Former players have bravely come forward to publicly share their experiences, and there are serious concerns about how cricketing institutions have been responding.

 

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

 

To properly understand these issues, it is critical that the ICEC spends time listening to, and receiving evidence from, those involved in cricket, at all levels, past and present. The first stage of that listening process involved the online survey that we conducted in November and December 2021, which resulted in more than 4,000 responses. 

 

The second stage of our listening process was our open Call for Written Evidence, which ran from 10th March to 20th April 2022. In this, we asked questions about the talent pathway and progression into professional cricket, culture within the sport, good practice, complaints and discipline (discrimination-related), and governance and leadership. 

 

We have also been receiving oral evidence directly from key stakeholders, conducting wide-ranging research into developments and trends in the game, and gathering information from cricketing organisations. All of this will inform our final report, due for publication in Autumn this year. 

 

The ECB has committed to giving serious consideration to the ICEC’s findings and publishing a formal response to our report. This will set out whether they have accepted the ICEC’s recommendations, and will detail the actions they plan to take in response.

 

We very much appreciate the time that people have taken to provide evidence, in particular responding to both the survey and the Call for Written Evidence. Hearing about people’s experiences will help us to develop our recommendations to create real and positive change in cricket. Thank you for your support.

 

Cindy Butts – Chair of the ICEC

Zafar Ansari – Commissioner

Sir Brendan Barber – Commissioner

Dr Michael Collins – Commissioner

Michelle Moore – Commissioner

 

April 2022

Our Call for Evidence is Now Closed

Our Call for Written Evidence closed at 5pm on Wednesday 20th April 2022.

The ICEC’s report will be published in Autumn 2022. Evidence submitted to the ICEC will be used to inform our final report and the recommendations we make to the ECB and any other relevant organisations. Our final report may include quotes from any submission we receive.

As set out in our privacy notice you will have until 29 July 2022 to withdraw your submission or change your consent preferences. To do this or submit any other queries about how we will use your information, please email us at info@theicec.com.

 

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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

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission runs a legal support scheme to provide funding and legal assistance to individuals to pursue legal action, including cases specifically in relation to race discrimination. Please see their website for more information on how to submit a request for this financial support.

Email: RaceSupportFund