Racism

Despite cricket's multicultural history, the game has long been blighted by racism. Racial segregation denied late 19th century fast bowler Krom Hendricks a chance to play for South Africa. In the 1960s, the Basil D'Oliveira affair precipitated South Africa's 22-year sporting isolation for its apartheid policies. Tony Greig's infamous statement in 1976 about making West Indies "grovel" is well known, as is Dean Jones casual, off-mic "terrorist" remark aimed at Hashim Amla, and the Monkeygate scandal of 2008. More recently, the Black Lives Movement has forced a reckoning within the game, with boards committing to change as cricketers have spoken up about their continuing experiences with racism and marginalisation.


Michael Holding: 'Racism strips away your humanity, takes away your feelings of self-worth'
Michael Holding: 'Racism strips away your humanity, takes away your feelings of self-worth'

The legendary former West Indies fast bowler looks back at times he was on the receiving end of racism in a book co-written with Usain Bolt among others

Paul Adams: I was nicknamed 'brown s*** when I was playing'
Paul Adams: I was nicknamed 'brown s*** when I was playing'

The former spinner reveals several instances of racial discrimination across his playing and coaching career

Ollie Robinson cleared for return to cricket after receiving fine and suspension for historic tweets
Ollie Robinson cleared for return to cricket after receiving fine and suspension for historic tweets

England fast bowler will be eligible for selection for India series after panel issues verdict

Yorkshire club cricket official denies accusations of racism over 'offensive' social media post
Yorkshire club cricket official denies accusations of racism over 'offensive' social media post

Comment by chair of Barnsley Woolley Miners CC reported to Yorkshire Cricket Southern Premier League

Azeem Rafiq raises doubts over 'evidence being ignored' in Yorkshire racism investigation
Azeem Rafiq raises doubts over 'evidence being ignored' in Yorkshire racism investigation

Investigating law firm says it is keen to hear from "anyone who has relevant information" about alleged racism

CSA's social justice committee to hold public hearings on racial discrimination in cricket
CSA's social justice committee to hold public hearings on racial discrimination in cricket

Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza to oversee process as ombudsman of Social Justice and Nation-Building committee

Parliamentary motion condemns 'institutional racism' blighting English cricket
Parliamentary motion condemns 'institutional racism' blighting English cricket

Early day motion signed by former Labour shadow cabinet members including Jeremy Corbyn

John Holder sues ECB over alleged racial discrimination
John Holder sues ECB over alleged racial discrimination

Holder and Ismail Dawood previously called for inquiry into lack of non-white umpires in English game

How 2020 made us fall in love with cricket all over again
How 2020 made us fall in love with cricket all over again

The pandemic showed us what we stood to lose, but it also gave us greater perspective on the issues that really matter

South Africa to 'raise our fists' in support of BLM at start of Boxing Day Test
South Africa to 'raise our fists' in support of BLM at start of Boxing Day Test

The team had not taken a knee, or made any other gesture, when they returned to international cricket last month

Former Yorkshire employees describe experiences of racism as part of Azeem Rafiq investigation
Former Yorkshire employees describe experiences of racism as part of Azeem Rafiq investigation

Evidence reveals "continuous references to taxi drivers and restaurant workers" in relation to Asian community

BLM: Holder 'really happy' with Williamson's support, teams to take a knee before Tests
BLM: Holder 'really happy' with Williamson's support, teams to take a knee before Tests

"Kane came openly to me and we sat down and had a really good chat around it," West Indies captain says

South Africa to make anti-racism statement ahead of England series after BLM criticism
South Africa to make anti-racism statement ahead of England series after BLM criticism

Team will not take a knee but has decided to demonstrate commitment to inclusion

Yorkshire to appoint head of equality in bid to boost inclusion
Yorkshire to appoint head of equality in bid to boost inclusion

Club makes further commitments to inclusion in wake of Azeem Rafiq allegations

Racial justice is a 'process, not an event', says CSA in response to BLM criticism
Racial justice is a 'process, not an event', says CSA in response to BLM criticism

The board insists that team is engaging on racial matters with 'honesty, empathy and vulnerability'

South Africa's mixed BLM messages epitomise the country's moral maze
South Africa's mixed BLM messages epitomise the country's moral maze

Refusal to take a knee during England series comes across as tone-deaf given Apartheid history

Chris Jordan: 'Real conversations' are the key for anti-racism message
Chris Jordan: 'Real conversations' are the key for anti-racism message

Fast bowler acknowledges South Africa's reasons for declining to take a knee for BLM movement

South Africa won't take a knee for England series, may wear black armbands
South Africa won't take a knee for England series, may wear black armbands

Mark Boucher says Lungi Ngidi - who drove the movement - is happy the team have done what they needed to do

Azeem Rafiq: 'Not sure I want my son to go anywhere near a cricket ground'
Azeem Rafiq: 'Not sure I want my son to go anywhere near a cricket ground'

Rafiq and Jason Gillespie were part of Cricket Australia's latest episode of Cricket Connecting Country

Yorkshire league chairman resigns in wake of Azeem Rafiq comments
Yorkshire league chairman resigns in wake of Azeem Rafiq comments

Roger Pugh steps down without offering apology after calling Rafiq "discourteous and disrespectful"