"it is clear that substantial action needs to be taken"
The Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) has released its ‘Call for Evidence’ survey.
The ECB set up the ICEC in March 2021 to explore the issues of diversity, inclusion and equity in cricket, at all levels and in all roles.
The Call for Evidence process starts with an online survey that anyone can complete and it will provide an opportunity for everyone involved in cricket to give the ICEC their views of the culture of the game.
Over the coming months, the ICEC will gather evidence and it will be used to create a landmark, independent report.
The report is set to be published sometime during the summer of 2022.
This comes amid the ongoing Yorkshire County Cricket Club racism scandal involving former player Azeem Rafiq.
To support the ICEC’s Call for Evidence, Tom Harrison, Chief Executive Officer of the England and Wales Cricket Board, said:
“Cricket is under intense scrutiny and it is clear that substantial action needs to be taken to address racism and inequity in the game.
“We need to uphold the spirit of cricket and our values and we should look to those across our game to help us do that.
“One step that we can take straight away starts today (November 9th). The Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) launches its public Call for Evidence and we hope those who have experienced any form of discrimination will share their experiences.
“This will help to shape the Commission’s report, which will include recommendations to the ECB on the steps which can be taken to improve equity in the game.
“The ECB set up the ICEC in March with a clear remit to investigate and evaluate inequity in the game and listen to people’s lived experiences.
“We are committed to using the ICEC to learn from those involved in the game what the changes are that we need to put in place.”
“We want to make cricket a truly inclusive and equitable sport so that all communities and individuals feel a sense of belonging with the game which can play such a positive role in people’s lives.
“This is the moment to make your voice heard whatever your connection, or past connection, to the game.
“So, whether you are a recreational or professional player, a volunteer, employee, journalist, coach, umpire, parent or a fan, I urge everyone in the game to take part.”