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ECB chief Tom Harrison has said he wants to lead cricket through its racism scandal and has received support to do so, after a meeting of counties and sport governing bodies.

ECB chief Tom Harrison has said he wants to lead cricket through its racism scandal and has received support to do so, after a meeting of counties and sport governing bodies.

Tom Harrison insists he will not step down as managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and wants to help tackle racism in sport.

An all-game reunion took place on Friday, with Harrison, who has held the post since 2015, watching his handling of the ongoing racism scandal in the sport.

On Tuesday, Azeem Rafiq told a select committee of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) how his experiences of racism as a player in Yorkshire from 2008-14 and 2016-18 had him left « isolated and humiliated ».

Speaking on Friday after the cricket key decision-makers meeting, Harrison said: “I received support from the game today.

“I feel very determined to lead this change through the game and to make sure this critical situation is addressed in the game.

CEO Tom Harrison insists he has ECB backing

CEO Tom Harrison insists he has ECB backing

“As a father of two daughters, I want to make sure I leave a game that has absolutely the right kind of safe environment for everyone to feel welcome and for everyone to feel a sense of belonging. « 

ECB representatives met with the Presidents of the 18 First Class Counties, the Association of Professional Cricketers, MCC and others from the Non-Privileged Counties and Recreational Gambling at The Oval.

Chiefs of cricket have pledged « far-reaching action to fight discrimination », with details to be announced next week.

« Azeem Rafiq shed light on our game which shocked, ashamed and saddened us all, » reads a joint statement.

“To Azeem and to all those who have experienced any form of discrimination, we are very sorry.

“Our sport did not welcome you, our game did not accept you as we should have. We apologize wholeheartedly for the suffering you have suffered. « 

Andrew Strauss said cricket had

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Andrew Strauss said cricket had « a lot of work to do » ahead of Friday’s meeting between the game’s 18 first class counties and representatives from the England and Wales Cricket Board to discuss the racism scandal in Yorkshire.

Andrew Strauss said cricket had « a lot of work to do » ahead of Friday’s meeting between the game’s 18 first class counties and representatives from the England and Wales Cricket Board to discuss the racism scandal in Yorkshire.

Rafiq first spoke in September 2020, saying ‘institutional racism’ in Yorkshire had left him on the verge of committing suicide.

Rafiq’s allegations have named a number of prominent figures including former England players Michael Vaughan, Tim Bresnan and Gary Ballance and current Yorkshire head coach Andrew Gale and cricket director Martyn Moxon.

There have already been allegations of racism in Essex over the past week while Nottinghamshire, Middlesex and Leicestershire were also named at the DCMS hearing.

Harrison said cricket stakeholders in England and Wales have made a declaration of intent to « try to win back the trust of cricket fans and families across the country ».

« They were all present today as the statement says and I don’t think there is a single person in English and Welsh cricket who doesn’t feel the need to take these steps and bring the first changes to eradicate this situation
of racism in cricket and to eliminate it forever, ”he added.



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