Lancashire joins forces with cricket network to tackle discrimination
Lancashire Cricket has today joined the entire game in committing to a wide-ranging action plan to tackle racism and promote inclusion and diversity at all levels of cricket.
The plan has been developed jointly by key stakeholders in cricket, as a collaborative response to discrimination within the game.
The Club stands firm in its position that there is no place for prejudice or discrimination at Emirates Old Trafford or in the world of cricket. Last week, Lancashire Cricket announced that as part of its ongoing approach to improving Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion across all aspects of the Club, it had set up a dedicated reporting channel, in order to investigate allegations of historic abuse.
Andy Anson, Chair of Lancashire Cricket, said: “Lancashire Cricket welcomes the publishing the Game-Wide Pledge in responding to racism and discrimination in all forms of cricket. As a game, we recognise that this is just the start of making cricket a sport where everyone feels welcome and included but realise that there is much more work ahead of us. However, the details outlined today are a step in the right direction.
“We support the Club-wide pledges – which also sit alongside the core values at the heart of Lancashire Cricket – and as outlined in the plan we commit to educating all those in the Lancashire Cricket environment to raise awareness of what discrimination represents.
“In addition to the Club-wide commitments, the ECB has today pledged to undertake a review of governance and regulation in cricket to improve these vital aspects of the game, with a further commitment to act on the recommendations from the review. Again, as a Club we support this action and believe that we must all embrace best practice now and as we move forward.
“Away from the Action Plan, here at Lancashire Cricket we are actively seeking to change our approach to recruitment at every level, with the aim of attracting – and then employing a diverse workforce which represents the community that we serve as part of Lancashire, Greater Manchester and the North West region as a whole.
“As a Club it is vital that we have more representation from BAME backgrounds, however our target for a more inclusive and diverse workforce is not just limited to minority communities and will include efforts to be more inclusive of gender, disability and sexuality, in order to reflect the society in which we live more effectively.”
Board Member, John Abrahams, also commented: “Today’s publishing of The Game-wide Pledge is cricket’s first step on the road to further developing a game which is more understanding, inclusive and welcoming to people from all backgrounds. Whilst we cannot undo the damage of the past, we can move forward together and ensure that the reputation of our great game is never damaged like this again.
“It was a great honour to be appointed onto the Lancashire Cricket Board earlier this year. At the time, I committed to helping the Club understand and engage with the views of, not just players and Members’, but of the wider, more diverse community who we represent - and that promise has not changed. I will continue to work hard to ensure that the Club, which is so close to my heart, can move forward in a positive direction.
“The Board is pleased to announce that Lancashire Cricket has now put in place a number of targets to achieve its EDI objectives and as part of that we can announce that from January 2022 ‘The Rooney Rule’ - which is a policy commonly used in the NFL that requires a team to interview at least one minority candidate for a job – will come into place for all coaching appointments at Emirates Old Trafford.
“The Club has also committed to reaching out to and connecting with both its former players and staff who come from a diverse background, in order to better understand their experiences and feelings during their time with Lancashire Cricket. Those conversations will be held in the strictest confidence and will play a huge role in shaping the future of the Club, I would kindly urge anybody who is contacted by Lancashire Cricket to be as open and honest as possible.”
Lancashire Cricket has recently set up a dedicated reporting channel for anybody who wishes to report prejudice, discrimination, or abuse during their time at Emirates Old Trafford.
The dedicated email address firstname.lastname@example.org has been established as part of an ongoing approach to improving Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion across all aspects of Lancashire Cricket which lies at the heart of our Club strategy.