Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Cricket Scotland apologizes to abuse victims ahead of publication of review

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Cricket Scotland has said it is “really sorry” to anyone who has suffered racial abuse while playing the sport, ahead of an independent inquiry being released on Monday.

A review was carried out after Scotland’s all-time leading wicket-taker Majid Haq told Sky Sports News that Cricket Scotland was “institutionally racist”, while his former team-mate Qasim Sheikh said he had also suffered racist abuse.

The results are expected to be released on Monday, with Aamer Anwar, the lawyer representing the two players, telling Sky the report could prove “devastating” for Cricket Scotland.

The governing body has not yet seen the report and was unwilling to speculate on the content – but apologized to all those who have suffered from racism in sport.

“Cricket should be a welcoming place for all and not a place where racism or any form of discrimination takes place. The Cricket Scotland Board is truly sorry for everyone who has witnessed racism in cricket in Scotland,” said a spokesman for Cricket Scotland.

“We would like to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to the review, but the Board is unable to comment on the independent review’s report as we will not see it until it is publicly released on Monday.”

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