- The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is responding to an Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) report that revealed widespread issues of racism, sexism, classism, and elitism in cricket.
- The ECB accepts most of the ICEC report’s 44 recommendations, aiming to address these issues comprehensively.
- These recommendations include creating an independent regulator, increasing investment in women’s cricket, and redefining the talent pathway to ensure greater inclusivity.
Addressing Widespread Discrimination
The ECB has released its response to the ICEC report, acknowledging the urgent need to transform the landscape of cricket in England and Wales. Discrimination in various forms has been identified as a pervasive issue, and the ECB is committed to addressing it effectively.
A Commitment to Change
The ECB’s CEO, Richard Gould, emphasizes the significance of the ICEC report, stating that it represents a pivotal moment for the sport. The board is taking responsibility for implementing changes that will reshape cricket.
County cricket boards are changing to better reflect the communities they serve.
Over the past two years more than 150 new directors have been appointed. We welcomed some of them to the @onedaycup final last weekend to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing cricket. pic.twitter.com/mfLLP3Z9kx
— England and Wales Cricket Board (@ECB_cricket) September 21, 2023
Actions Speak Louder
The ICEC report outlined 44 recommendations, with 137 actions requested of the ECB. The cricket governing body asserts that it is moving in a positive direction on 94% of these actions.
Investing in Inclusivity
To bridge the gender pay gap, the ECB has already increased match fees for England’s women in international matches. Further steps to achieve equal pay are being considered, including equal average salaries and prize money.
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 24, 2023
Rooting Out Discrimination
A major focus is placed on promoting women’s and girls’ cricket at all levels of the game to narrow the gap between commercial and media rights for men’s and women’s cricket.
The ICEC Journey
The ICEC was initiated in response to global movements like Black Lives Matter and Me Too. The resulting report revealed structural racism, gender inequality, and class-based discrimination in cricket.
The ECB’s response to the ICEC report includes actions such as investing £25 million annually in women’s cricket, redefining the talent pathway, and establishing an independent regulator to address discrimination and other issues.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has set out a plan to make cricket the most inclusive team sport in England & Wales in response to the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) report.
Read the full response to the report 🔽
— Hampshire Cricket (@hantscricket) September 25, 2023
Continuing the Mission
Cricket clubs, including Yorkshire, are optimistic about the future and are determined to work alongside the ECB to improve standards and make cricket a sport that welcomes everyone.
The ECB’s commitment to addressing discrimination and inequality in cricket signals a significant step toward creating a more inclusive and equitable future for the sport in England and Wales.