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Speed writes to BCCI and PCB over racism reports

ICC Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Speed today confirmed he has written to both the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) asking for their comments on reports of racism during matches this week

Brian Murgatroyd
13-Oct-2007
ICC Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Speed today confirmed he has written to both the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) asking for their comments on reports of racism during matches this week.
"We have noted media reports of racist chanting during the India - Australia ODI in Vadodara on Thursday and also of racist abuse directed at South Africa players and team officials in Lahore," said Mr Speed.
"In the light of those reports we have written to both the BCCI and the PCB (on Saturday) asking for their comments on the incidents.
"The ICC retains a zero tolerance to racism as illustrated in our Anti-Racism Code* which was strengthened last year following consultation with our Members and the ICC Board.
"The Code outlines measures host Members are expected to undertake and those measures were unanimously approved by the ICC's Board.
"We need to understand whether those measures are working. If they are not then our Members need to tell us why so we can ensure cricket remains free from the scourge of racism.
"With the ICC Board set to meet in Dubai at the end of this month there is scope for discussion on this subject then, if appropriate, to ensure it is properly addressed on an ongoing basis," he added.
* The ICC Anti-Racism Code can be found here

Brian Murgatroyd is ICC Manager - Media and Communications