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Cricket Scotland board steps down ahead of report alleging 'institutional racism' in Scottish cricket

The board of Scotland stated that they are 'truly sorry' and apologized publicly to everyone who has experienced racism or any other form of discrimination in cricket in Scotland.

Aakash SrivastavaAuthor

Updated - 24 July 2022 05:28 PM

Cricket Scotland - sportstiger

In a shocking development, the board of Cricket Scotland has stepped down following the racial allegations published in an independent report. A day before report is supposed to go public, the director of the Scotland board resigned with immediate effect claiming that he had not seen the content of the report, but had been made aware of "proposed timescales and certain mandated actions" in the document.

The board of Scotland stated that they are 'truly sorry' and apologized publicly to everyone who has experienced racism or any other form of discrimination in cricket in Scotland. The investigation has been done after Scotland's all-time wicket-taker Majid Haq reportedly said that Cricket Scotland was 'institutionally racist' while former teammate Qasim Sheikh had also claimed that he had suffered racist abuse. Amer Anwar, the lawyer representing the two players told Sky Sports that the upcoming report could prove 'devastating' for Cricket Scotland.

Plan4Sports, an independent organization that specializes in issues around equality, diversity and inclusion was appointed to conduct a review. Sky Sports claimed that the investigators supports the claims of institutional racism within a Scottish cricket.

Responding to shocking development, Cricket Scotland has said that it will work in partnership with relevant stakeholders with immediate effect to ensure appropriate governance, leadership and support is in place for the organization and the sport in the day ahead.

The statement published via Cricket Scotland further claimed that the resignation letter from the outgoing board referred to the review being 'truly transformative, not just for Cricket Scotland' but the sport.

"It would provide watershed moment for Scottish sport and society in general," read the statement. In its apology letter, the outgoing board mentioned that despite taking steps to improve the governance of Cricket Scotland it could not meet the timescales of actions the report will recommend. An interim report published in April, revealed that more than 200 people had come forward to give evidence.

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