Human rights commission asked to examine racism in English cricket

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  • Lawyers for former umpires to write to EHRC
  • Former judge urges ‘root and branch reform’

The Equality and Human Rights Commission will be asked to conduct an investigation into racism in English cricket following a number of disturbing revelations from black and Asian players and umpires about their experiences in the game, the Guardian can reveal.

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A letter will be sent this week to the EHRC by Mohammed Patel, the solicitor acting for the former Test umpire John Holder and reserve umpire Ismail Dawood who have issued a claim in the employment tribunal against the England and Wales Cricket Board on grounds of racial discrimination. But the letter will also address wider concerns about institutional racism in English cricket.

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