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.


Azeem Rafiq was 'on brink of suicide' after experiencing racism at Yorkshire
Azeem Rafiq was 'on brink of suicide' after experiencing racism at Yorkshire

Ex-player says he 'lost faith in humanity' after claiming racist behaviour was ignored by club

Yorkshire promise independent review in wake of Azeem Rafiq's claims of institutional racism
Yorkshire promise independent review in wake of Azeem Rafiq's claims of institutional racism

Response from chairman to damaging claims from former player about club culture

Darren Lehmann Hundred appointment under scrutiny in wake of Azeem Rafiq revelations
Darren Lehmann Hundred appointment under scrutiny in wake of Azeem Rafiq revelations

Coach's racial outburst in 2003 could lead to change at helm of Leeds-based Northern Superchargers

Yorkshire South Premier League chairman launches verbal attack on Azeem Rafiq after racism allegations
Yorkshire South Premier League chairman launches verbal attack on Azeem Rafiq after racism allegations

Administrator criticises former Yorkshire player in blog post

Yorkshire appoint sub-committee to investigate Azeem Rafiq racism allegations
Yorkshire appoint sub-committee to investigate Azeem Rafiq racism allegations

Prominent South Asian figures asked to join review following criticism of Yorkshire response

Rana Naved-ul-Hasan speaks out about 'systematic taunting' at Yorkshire
Rana Naved-ul-Hasan speaks out about 'systematic taunting' at Yorkshire

Pakistani fast bowler echoes Azeem Rafiq's experiences during time at club

Jason Gillespie surprised England, Australia did not take a knee but backs 'genuine intent for change'
Jason Gillespie surprised England, Australia did not take a knee but backs 'genuine intent for change'

Gillespie also identifies with experiences of fellow Indigenous Australian player Dan Christian

Why Asian and Black players have felt alienated in Yorkshire cricket
Why Asian and Black players have felt alienated in Yorkshire cricket

A look at the immigrant cricketer's experience in the county down the years

Black Lives Matter: Justin Langer accepts Michael Holding's criticism about not taking a knee
Black Lives Matter: Justin Langer accepts Michael Holding's criticism about not taking a knee

"If it looked like there was a lack of respect there, that certainly wasn't the intention of our team"

Michael Holding: England, Australia reasons for not continuing to take a knee are 'lame'
Michael Holding: England, Australia reasons for not continuing to take a knee are 'lame'

ECB says it remains committed to "critical change" after comments from West Indian great

England squad diversity shows efforts to address racism in cricket, says Eoin Morgan
England squad diversity shows efforts to address racism in cricket, says Eoin Morgan

England captain praises ECB response after latest allegations of racism at Yorkshire

South Africa to hold culture camp for 32 players
South Africa to hold culture camp for 32 players

Workshop announced in the aftermath of the BLM movement, will focus on the team's identity and environment and outline performance goals

Graeme Smith denies Thami Tsolekile's allegations of racial discrimination
Graeme Smith denies Thami Tsolekile's allegations of racial discrimination

"You probably saw nothing in that because maybe you see racism as a norm in this country" - Tsolekile rejoinder to Smith

2015-16 match-fixing: CSA names Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Craig Alexander as whistle-blowers
2015-16 match-fixing: CSA names Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Craig Alexander as whistle-blowers

The board has also denied allegations of racism in the investigation

Cricket South Africa holds first cricket for social justice meeting to respond to Black Lives Matter movement
Cricket South Africa holds first cricket for social justice meeting to respond to Black Lives Matter movement

Smith and Faul were not present after the board asked them not to attend, which disappointed the participants

Cricket South Africa unveils plans to tackle racism in the sport
Cricket South Africa unveils plans to tackle racism in the sport

"We are determined to pull out all stops to ensure that healing takes place for those who have been wronged"

Hashim Amla comes out in support of Black Lives Matter and Lungi Ngidi
Hashim Amla comes out in support of Black Lives Matter and Lungi Ngidi

Posts on Instagram of the "delusions" of those who believe in one race being superior to the other

Carlos Brathwaite hopes Black Lives Matter changes perceptions in sport
Carlos Brathwaite hopes Black Lives Matter changes perceptions in sport

"You don't want that whenever anyone says something you lose the message because you use race as a filter."

Phil Simmons: 'It doesn't take Black Lives Matter to bring us together as a team'
Phil Simmons: 'It doesn't take Black Lives Matter to bring us together as a team'

West Indies coach says issues highlighted in global movement "motivate us all the time"

Ngidi says South Africa must take BLM stand like the rest of the world
Ngidi says South Africa must take BLM stand like the rest of the world

Fast bowler will bring up the cause when the team gets a chance to regroup