Cricket’s Racing Shame: Sportsmail Inquiry Reveals County Cricket’s Shocking Diversity Problem With Just 33 BAME Players In 18 Clubs – While Four Teams Have NO BAME Stars And Only Six Of 93 Coaches BAME
- Sportsmail have uncovered the details of the racial imbalance in country cricket
- The alarming data shows that seven teams do not have a BAME presence in the boardroom
- The ECB stands ready to effectively fine provinces that fail to achieve greater diversity
- England has recently seen a number of BAME stars play a key role in all formats
- But that diversity is not reflected in counties that will produce the next generation
The full extent of English cricket’s shocking diversity problem can be revealed.
An investigation by Sportsmail has revealed details of the racial imbalance within county cricket, a professional sport populated almost exclusively by white players, coaches and administrators.
The ECB is so concerned that it is ready to effectively fine provinces that fail to achieve greater diversity in dressing room and boardroom in the next two years.
Jofra Archer was a star performer for England after emerging from country cricket
So do Moeen Ali (L) and Adil Rashid (R), but that diversity is not reflected in county cricket
Chris Jordan has also established himself as a regular in the English squads
The many alarming data shows from the Sportsmail investigation:
- There were only 33 British Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) players on the first team of the 18 counties this summer.
- Four provinces did not have a single homegrown BAME player on their squad, 28 of them for first-class and one-day duties.
- Another four counties have only one BAME player on their books, while seven counties did not have a BAME presence in their supervisor or boardroom.
- Two-thirds of the provinces did not employ a BAME coach with their first team or in the backroom staff.
- Of the 41 presidents of district councils that make up the ECB – 18 first-class counties, 21 minor counties, the MCC and Minor Counties Cricket Association – only one has a BAME background, Leicestershire Chairman Mehmooda Duke.
Under the terms of the new County Partnership Agreement, the ECB reserves the right to withhold a portion of the county’s annual funding, which ranges from £ 3.6 million to £ 3.8 million, if they not meeting diversity goals, which are set to ensure that each district staff reflects the club’s community and local demographics.
While Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan have all been key members of England’s red and white ball teams in recent years, that diversity is not reflected in the 18 counties responsible for producing the next generation.
Cricket is also grappling with some tough issues of diversity and race relations, despite the support it has shown for the Black Lives Matter movement, with players from England and the West Indies having the hang of it for this summer’s matches.
Yorkshire earlier this month opened a formal investigation into allegations of ‘institutional racism’ by their former off-spinner Azeem Rafiq. He said it had made him think about suicide and his harrowing story was supported by former Pakistani sailor Rana Naved, who said he faced “ systematic taunts ” while on the books at Headingley.
Earlier in the summer, ex-batsman Michael Carberry from England claimed that cricket was ‘full of racism’ and that ‘the people running the game don’t care about black people’.
Former off-spinner Azeem Rafiq made allegations of ‘institutional racism’ in Yorkshire
The devastating BAME numbers in County Cricket are exposed in this table
Ex-English batsman Michael Carberry recently claimed that cricket was ‘full of racism’
Although the ECB published an Inclusion and Diversity Strategy in July, the shocking homogeneity of the district administration shows how far the sport has yet to go.
The board itself is also inadequate. Following recent changes at Lord’s, the ECB no longer complies with the Sport England code for the ethnic composition of boardrooms.
Following Lord Patel’s departure from Bradford last month, the ECB’s board is now exclusively white, a situation that new chairman Ian Watmore said was unacceptable on his first working day.
In addition to setting targets for countries related to funding, the ECB has taken several other important steps since the publication of its diversity strategy two months ago. Work is underway on an anti-discrimination charter to outlaw discriminatory behavior and include an obligation to promote persons from minority backgrounds, with ECB Executive Director Brenda Trenowden appointed as the Board’s diversity champion.
In addition, the ECB has launched a scholarship program for black coaches worth £ 29,000 per year that will be run alongside an existing South Asian coach program, which is being run in conjunction with the National Asian Cricket Council.
The ECB’s board is exclusively white following Lord Patel’s departure from Bradford last month
New ECB Chairman Ian Watmore has made enhancing diversity one of his most important jobs