Two former umpires, John Holder and Ismail Dawood, have accused the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) of “institutionalised racism”.
Holder and Dawood have requested for an unbiased investigation from the Equality and Human Rights Fee (EHRC) “to problem organisations just like the ECB”, studies BBC Sport.
Holder, a former right-handed batsman who performed for Nottinghamshire and after that took up umpiring, stated it appeared “greater than suspicious” he had not obtained a reply from the ECB when providing to be a mentor. He has additionally expressed concern that no non-white umpires have been appointed within the first-class record in England previously 28 years.
Dawood, who performed county cricket for Worcestershire, Glamorgan and Yorkshire earlier than turning into an umpire, in the meantime, stated he had heard racist language utilized in entrance of senior ECB employees, which went unchallenged. The previous wicketkeeper additionally stated he had “completely no belief or confidence within the ECB” and the organisation is a “full mess”.
Vanburn Holder was the final black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) umpire to be added to the ECB’s first-class record and since his retirement in 2010, there have been none.
“Immediately’s group umpires does not replicate the varied ECB we’re decided to be,” an ECB spokesperson advised BBC Sport.
“We need to see extra BAME illustration amongst our officers, and recognise we nonetheless have a protracted strategy to go as a sport to realize this,” he added.
Earlier, in September, former Yorkshire spinner Azeem Rafiq had accused the membership of “institutionalised racism”. Rafiq, who performed for Yorkshire between 2008 and 2018, in a interview to ESPNcricinfo, had claimed that the abuse he suffered left him near committing suicide and that his studies of racist abuse had been “ignored” by the membership on the time.
After that, the membership had introduced that they are going to launch a proper inquiry.