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lead a Scottish cricket The sport suffered another major setback after a similar scandal in English sport was found to be institutionally racist by an independent review.
The review was published on Monday after a seven-month investigation started by allegations from Scotland’s all-time leading wicket-taker Majid Haque and his former teammate Qasim Shaikh.
It found that governing body Cricket Scotland failed 29 out of 31 indicators of institutional racism as determined by a consultancy firm leading the investigation. The body only partially passed the other two tests and there were 448 instances of institutional racism.
Hundreds of people came forward to share their experiences as part of the investigation. From those conversations, 68 individual concerns have been referred to further investigation, including 31 allegations of racism against 15 people, two clubs and a regional union.
The allegations include racial abuse, use of inappropriate language, favoritism towards white children in public schools, and a lack of a transparent selection process.
An interim report in April showed that some incidents had been handed over to the police. As a result a person has appeared in court.
The review found no diversity or lack of anti-racism training, no coherent process for dealing with racist incidents – with people who raised issues “excluded or neglected” – from the board level to within the coaching workforce and talent. Lack of diversity avenues, and lack of transparency in the selection process.
The consultancy firm that led the review said it was clear that “Cricket Scotland’s governance and leadership practices are institutionally racist.”
“The reality is that the organization’s leadership failed to see the problems and, failing to do so, enabled a culture of racially heightened microaggressions to develop,” said the firm’s managing director, Lewis Tidswell.
The review recommends that Cricket Scotland be placed under special measures by Sports Scotland, the government agency that oversees sports in the country.
Stewart Harris, Chief Executive Officer of Sports Scotlanddescribed the report’s findings as “deeply concerning and in some respects shocking” and said it should “serve as a wake-up call to all Scottish sports.”
“Racism is a social problem,” he said, “and it is no longer enough to simply be non-racist, Scottish sport must now be actively racist.”
Ahead of the publication of the report, the entire Board of Cricket Scotland resigned on Sunday.
Cricket Scotland’s interim CEO Gordon Arthur, who began his role this month, offered what he described as a “heartfelt apology” to victims of racism and other discrimination.
“We hope the report gives them some reassurance that their voices have been heard, and we’re sorry it didn’t happen sooner,” Arthur said. “This report is a momentous moment for cricket in Scotland and it is a top priority to advance its recommendations. It is clear that there must be significant cultural change and it must happen quickly.”
When asked repeatedly, Arthur refused to personally apologize to the two whistleblowers, Majid and Qasim.
Speaking at a press conference later, when he sometimes appeared close to tears, Majid, 39, said he had become depressed and was contemplating taking his own life as a result of the racist abuse.
Now retired as a cricketer, he said that he spoke for generations to come, not because he was seeking financial compensation.
In EnglandIssues raised by another whistleblower, Azeem Rafiq, who testified at a parliamentary hearing last year about the racism he faced while playing in Yorkshire, led to the England and Wales Cricket Board forming an anti-discrimination unit and locker – Room reviewed. culture.
The ECB initially suspended Yorkshire from hosting international matches because of a reaction to the racism faced by Rafiq – at first, the team dismissed some of the abuses as “friendly banter” – and apparel supplier Nike. ended its sponsorship with Yorkshire. Yorkshire’s entire coaching staff stepped down and the club’s new chairman Kamlesh Patel said “significant change is needed to gain confidence”.
Rafiq’s allegations sparked similar complaints from other players and revealed other historical cases. Qasim said that if it had not been for Rafiq, he might not have said anything.