Report designed to examine experiences of discrimination in English cricket has been delayed

A report examining people’s experience of discrimination in English cricket will not now be published until next year.

The Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) report was originally due to be published in the autumn but commission chair Cindy Butts says "further critical evidence" is still being considered, forcing a delay. 

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee had been told the report would be published week beginning December 5, and had been preparing to call the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) before it to discuss the findings on December 13.

However, the commission has now confirmed that the report will not be published until 2023.

"We want to thank the thousands of people who have contributed to the commission's work," Butts said on Wednesday.

"We have analysed trends from the online survey, which ran in winter 2021, and captured the lived experiences of 4,125 people in cricket.

"Commissioners have met with over 70 individuals and organisations, collected over 550 documents from cricketing bodies and experts.

"We are absolutely certain we would not have developed our knowledge and understanding of what can be done to improve equity across the game without the tremendous contribution from the public, current and former players and cricketing organisations.

"As a commission we have been humbled by the level of courage demonstrated by so many who want to help the game to be equitable, diverse and inclusive.

"We are considering further critical evidence, analysing data and drafting conclusions. Our report will be published early in the new year."

The ICEC was established by the ECB in November 2020 to look at equity within the sport in relation to race, gender and class.

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