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Cricket Scotland’s board quits before the publication of the racism report.



By: Ruyi Wang


On July 24th, the board of Cricket Scotland resigned from the association with direct impact on Sunday, a day before an independent report about racism in the sport was publicized.


"We are all truly sorry and have apologized publicly to everyone who has experienced racism, or any other form of discrimination, in cricket in Scotland," said the board.


In a letter sent to the temporary chief director of the governing body, they said they had not seen the contents of the report, but they had been made conscious of "proposed timescales and certain mandated actions" in the report.


The review was authorized after allegations were made by one of the country's all-time leading wicket-takers, Majid Haq, who said Cricket Scotland was "institutionally racist".


Haq's former teammate Qasim Sheikh also spoke out about the abuse and the discrimination he had suffered just because of the color of their skin.


The examination was brought out by an equality and diversity expert named Plan4Sport, and several referrals and allegations have been handed on to Police Scotland.


In April, a provisional report displayed that over 200 people came forward to give evidence, and yesterday, the BBC said that SportScotland was considering actions as extreme as cutting funding to Cricket Scotland when the complete report gets publicized.


Proof of Scottish cricket being "institutionally racist" follows equivalent claims that ex-Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq made of the English game to members of parliament last year.


As a penalty, Yorkshire had worldwide matches temporarily taken away from their Headingley ground while the England and Wales Cricket Board developed a 12-point plan for attacking racism across English cricket.

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