Skip to main content

20 February 2024 - Cricket follow-up - Oral evidence

Committee Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Inquiry Cricket follow-up

Tuesday 20 February 2024

Start times: 9:30am (private) 10:00am (public)


Add to calendar

Discrimination in cricket: MPs to question Colin Graves, ECB and Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket

Yorkshire County Cricket Club Chair designate Colin Graves appears before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee in a session examining the progress made tackling discrimination in the sport since the publication of the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) report last year.

Meeting details

At 10:00am: Oral evidence
Work Cricket follow-up (Non-inquiry session)
Chair at Independent Commission on Equity in Cricket
Commissioner at Independent Commission on Equity in Cricket
Commissioner at Independent Commission on Equity in Cricket
At 11:00am: Oral evidence
Work Cricket follow-up (Non-inquiry session)
Chair at England and Wales Cricket Board
Chief Executive at England and Wales Cricket Board
Deputy Chief Executive at England and Wales Cricket Board
At 12:00pm: Oral evidence
Work Cricket follow-up (Non-inquiry session)
Former Chair at Yorkshire County Cricket Club
Chair at Yorkshire County Cricket Club

The Committee will first take evidence from ICEC Chair Cindy Butts alongside two commissioners. The panel will be asked about the findings and recommendations from the commission’s report, which concluded that racism, class-based discrimination, elitism and sexism are widespread and deep-rooted in cricket.

Senior figures from the ECB will then face questions on the progress the governing body and the sport in general has made in making cricket a more inclusive game. The organisation set out in September the steps it planned to take in response to the ICEC findings.

MPs then question Mr Graves, who appears alongside outgoing Yorkshire CCC Chair Harry Chathli, about his plans for the club following his impending takeover and his approach to tackling racism and discrimination.

Chair's comment

Dame Caroline Dinenage MP, Chair of the CMS Committee, said:

“Last year’s ICEC report observed discrimination at all levels of the game. Our evidence session will be an opportunity to explore the ECB’s response and whether those in charge of cricket are serious about taking the steps needed to root out discrimination and inequality in the sport.

On the Yorkshire takeover, while Colin Graves has now apologised to those who experienced racism, and for his dismissive approach to those who suffered, during his last spell at the club, we want to make sure that lessons have been learnt and attitudes have changed.”

The Committee published a report on racism in cricket in January 2002, following an examination of racism at Yorkshire.

Location

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

How to attend