ECB publishes report and says it wants to ‘change the game rules’
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) says it wants “to change the game” as it publishes its response to a report detailing racism, sexism, classism and elitism in the sport.
According to the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC), discrimination in cricket is widespread in England and Wales.
A majority of the 44 recommendations in the ICEC report are accepted by the ECB.
Among them is the creation of an independent gaming regulator.
“The ICEC report was a major moment for our sport, and we take our responsibility to bring about the changes we all want to see very seriously.” said Richard Gould, chairman of the ECB.
In terms of what cricket looks like and will look like in the future, we think we are on a journey to change history.”
In its June report, the ECB was recommended to issue an unreserved public apology for its failures, which chairman Richard Thompson did immediately.
We want to double down on our apology to those we have disappointed and discriminated against, Thompson said on Monday.
There has been a lot of disappointment with cricket in the past, but this is an opportunity to move forward together. The time has come for everyone to come together, to work hard to implement these actions, and to ensure cricket becomes the most inclusive team sport in England and Wales.”
There are 137 actions requested of the ECB by the ICEC report, which includes subclauses within the 44 recommendations.
According to the ECB, 94% of them are moving in the right direction.
The match fees paid to England’s women for international matches have already been raised to the same level as those paid to England’s men.
However, the ECB did not completely commit to the ICEC’s recommendations on equal pay, which include equal wages at international level by 2030, equal wages for The Hundred by 2025, and equal wages and prize money in other domestic cricket by 2029.
“Growing the demand and audience for women’s cricket is crucial to creating the long-term commercial conditions, which will underpin the achievement of our pay parity goal,” said the ECB response.