Colin Graves: Sporting Equals sends an open letter to the ECB, groups against the return to Yorkshire of the old seat |  Cricket News

Colin Graves: Sporting Equals sends an open letter to the ECB, groups against the return to Yorkshire of the old seat | Cricket News

Colin Graves’ return as Yorkshire chair could “undermine progress” on tackling racism in cricket, Sporting Equals has said.

Reports suggest that Graves, 75, is in talks with the Yorkshire side over his return, despite presiding over a period when the club accepted a charge against the England and Wales Cricket Board for failing to deal with the use of racist or racist language. . Yorkshire were fined $400,000 and stripped of the 48 County Championship by the Independent Cricket Discipline Commission in July.

A foreclosure deal that could lead to the return of Graves is expected to be announced on Tuesday before being put to team members for approval. Members will receive 21 days notice before the vote.

On Monday morning Sporting Equals, a charity that promotes diversity in sport and physical activity, published an open letter sent to the ECB, sports minister Stuart Andrew, and state cricket clubs and their sponsors, in which they expressed their dismay at the prospect . back to the Tomb and asked for another game change.

“Cricket has been working hard to tackle racism over the past few years,” read the letter.

“Since Azeem Rafiq’s public disclosure of the systemic problems, the ECB, among others, has taken steps to address the problem.

“The ICEC report is a very good time for cricket and many sports. For this initiative we congratulate them and for many sports. We are waiting to see if they will benefit well.

“However, the reinstatement of Colin Graves as Chairman of Yorkshire County Cricket Club would undermine the progress that has been made.

“His reinstatement would send a message that reinforces the myth that racism is just a story, that it is enough to talk about policies and procedures.

“It would be an affront to the plight of multi-ethnic players across the country. It would be a denial of the ICEC Report’s thorough investigation and careful consideration.”

A statement from Yorkshire CCC said: “Yorkshire County Cricket Club and the supporters who represent us have met with over 350 interested parties to ensure that everyone has given their consent to rebuild the club.

“No stone has been left unturned and the organization has been diligent and diligent in ensuring that the club operates for the benefit of its members, tenants and employees. We strongly oppose this.”

Sky Sports news contacted the ECB for comment.

Graves’ first role as chairman coincided with Azeem Rafiq’s role at the club.

Writing in An observerRafiq also criticized Graves’ re-election, saying it “reveals a failed game” and that “nothing has changed”.

“Helpers have already found their moral compass, and they need to find it again, because every charity is involved,” wrote Rafiq.

“There is still time for him to act, to get out of here and stop Yorkshire from going backwards and changing what they have done in the last three years.”

Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports news Last June, Graves said he had never seen discrimination in Yorkshire and that allegations of discrimination had not been brought to his attention during his time as chairman.

“When I was chairman of the club, after some of these allegations were made, I can tell you now, nothing was released within the club,” Graves said.

Former Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves insists he saw no evidence of racism while on the board.

“And I ran the team in an open door as the chairman, the players could come to see me if they had problems and they did it regularly. I met with the players twice a year, I took them out to eat, I met them. around the floor, they knew a lot of families.

“We had club management meetings every Monday and every six weeks. Nothing was brought to the table on any issues of discrimination.”

Asked specifically if he had experienced any discrimination during his time in Yorkshire, Graves replied: “Nothing, from anyone at any level.

Sporting Equals’ open letter in full

“RE: Reinstatement of Colin Graves at Yorkshire County Cricket Club

“An open letter to Stuart Andrew, The ECB, professional County Cricket Clubs and their supporters,

“Cricket has been struggling to tackle racism in the past few years. Ever since Azeem Rafiq went public with systemic issues, the ECB, among others, has taken steps to tackle it.

“The ICEC report is a very good time for cricket and many sports. For this initiative we congratulate them and for many sports. We are waiting to see if they will benefit well.

“However, the reinstatement of Colin Graves as Chairman of Yorkshire County Cricket Club would undermine the progress that has been made. policies and procedures.

“It would be an insult to the plight of multi-ethnic players across the country.

“It would be a denial of ICEC’s due diligence and due diligence. This progress must not be curtailed.

“We are therefore calling on the ECB, all County Cricket Clubs and all sponsors, with the support of Stuart Andrew as Minister for Sport, to ensure that this happens before the 2024 summer season:

1. Independent Eligibility and Eligibility Tests established for ownership of regional cricket clubs
2. Thorough, fair, independent and unwavering to remove wrongdoers
3. Mandatory training for all County Cricket Club leadership in cultural integration
4. The adoption and dissemination of common principles, different and inclusive, which are defined annually by each Cricket Club
5. Participation of all County Cricket Clubs in the Sporting Equals Race Representation Index, measuring racial disparities in senior management and professional processes.

“Only by doing this can cricket become a game for everyone.

Signatories, Sporting Equals, Ama Agbeze MBE (member of the Sport Monitoring Advisory Panel), Ayaz Bhuta MBE (member of British Asians for Sporting Excellence), Kevin Hylton (Special Advisor for the Sport Monitoring Advisory Panel), Manisha Tailor MBE (member the British Asians for Sporting Excellence).

A spokesperson for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said in response to a letter from Sporting Equals: “Cricket should be open to everyone and the government has been keen to take action to deal with Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s behavior in the county.

“Following the publication of the Cindy Butts’ (Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket) report, the England and Wales Cricket Board established a program of giving and reforming things.

“It is important that the ECB fulfills its commitments, and that Yorkshire County Cricket Club continues to transform the culture.”

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