44 players in Professional Cricketers' Association survey have seen or experienced racism in the game, according to poll

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3rd February 2021 17:55 - Sport, Leisure and Tourism

44 players in Professional Cricketers' Association survey have seen or experienced racism in the game: A survey by the PCA has found that 44 cricketers out of 174 surveyed (575 were invited to respond), have seen or have experienced racism in the game. Of those who had seen or experienced racism, 14 were from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME).

Asked about their experiences, 62% said that the racism they had seen or had experienced personally was dressed up as 'banter'.

The research also found that 45% of those who had seen or had been personally subjected to racism, had experienced it at the hands of another player, while almost two in five (39%) said that it was via comments or messages on social media channels.

Seven out of 10 cricketers polled said that increased education around racism is key to tackling the issue, which has resulted in the PCA developing a new anti-racism programme to be delivered to all domestic cricket teams as well as male and female national teams.

PCA chief executive, Rob Lynch, said: "Players have asked for education and clarity on the reporting of discriminatory behaviours and for the development of a code of conduct, which we will deliver on this year.

"There is plenty of work to be done in the fight for equality. This is about effecting real change and we will continue to strive to ensure that professional cricket is a game for all."

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