The England and Wales Cricket Board has launched a newly impartial regulatory physique, responding to suggestions made by this 12 months’s damning ICEC report.
The Unbiased Fee for Fairness in Cricket outlined widespread discrimination within the sport when it printed wide-ranging findings earlier this 12 months and made 44 ideas for corrective motion.
Monday’s announcement of the ‘Cricket Regulator’ – with accountability for issues of compliance, safeguarding, anti-corruption, anti-doping and anti-discrimination – is the governing physique’s newest response.
The ECB had pledged to have an impartial physique up and working earlier than the beginning of the 2024 season and has moved quick to make good on that.
The regulator can be headed by former police officer Dave Lewis, taking the position of interim director, and he’ll arrange the framework earlier than a successor is appointed subsequent 12 months in open recruitment.
Lewis retired in 2020 as deputy chief constable of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Police following a 30-year profession.
The Cricket Regulator can be overseen by one other new physique, the impartial cricket regulatory board.
ECB chief govt Richard Gould welcomed the adjustments, stating: “It will be important that the sport has the very best processes in place with the intention to implement rules.
“The ICEC report beneficial that we introduce additional independence to the sport’s regulatory course of and the Cricket Regulator overseen by an impartial Cricket Regulatory Board will try this.
“The Cricket Regulator is ring-fenced from the ECB, and that separation will make sure that their work is distinct from our work as the sport’s promoter.”
Final June, the Unbiased Fee for Fairness in Cricket’s report discovered English cricket was deep-rooted with widespread institutional racism, sexism and class-based discrimination.
The England and Wales Cricket Board issued an unreserved apology for the failings highlighted within the report and to the victims of discrimination in cricket, and stated it could work over the following three months on a bundle of reforms based mostly on the 44 recommendations within the report.
The ECB was instructed it should decide to being an anti-racist, anti-sexist and anti-classist organisation and encourage all different cricketing organisations to do the identical.
Inside a six-month interval, it should put in place necessary, specialist, high-quality coaching to assist the event of racial literacy amongst its management and essentially the most senior management of the broader recreation.