Lancashire Times
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4:00 AM 9th November 2021

The Independent Commission For Equity In Cricket (ICEC) Opens Call For Evidence

Image by PDPics from Pixabay
Image by PDPics from Pixabay
The Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) today announces its Call for Evidence is open.

Set up by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in March 2021, the Commission will evaluate the state of equity in cricket in the UK to examine discrimination and inequity where it exists and identify opportunities to tackle the problems. The Commission will also identify good practice in the game that can be learnt from, shared, and improved.

People involved in cricket, on or off the field, can share evidence anonymously and confidentially in two ways:

Complete the Lived Experiences - Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Cricket online survey which is open now and closes on the 21st of December.

Share written evidence. More information will be available on the ICEC website in December.

The Commission wants to hear about people’s lived experiences and direct evidence of discrimination or unfair treatment across the professional or recreational game and within cricket’s talent pathways. Evidence gathered will inform a landmark, independent report that will include evidence-based recommendations to drive equity in the game.

Cindy Butts, Chair of the ICEC said: “This is a critical time for cricket, with the spotlight firmly on the game in relation to racism and many sharing their serious concerns about how institutions are responding. As an independent body it’s vital we listen, learn, and quantify the experiences of everyone who is involved in the game, past and present. As Commissioners we will determine why there is inequity in cricket and what leaders can do to enact much needed change.”

Michael Holding, former cricketer, commentator and equity campaigner said: “This is a game that I love and have dedicated my life to. I urge anyone who has experienced racism, sexism, elitism, or any kind of unfair treatment in cricket, anyone who has a story to share about being included, welcomed, or supported to respond to the Commission’s call for evidence. Now is your time to be heard, to share your story and be a part of the change the game so desperately needs.”

To find out more and take part in the survey people can visit the ICEC website.