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.


West Indies to wear Black Lives Matter logo on Test shirts
West Indies to wear Black Lives Matter logo on Test shirts

Captain Jason Holder says squad have "a duty to show solidarity"

What has English cricket been like for black players?
What has English cricket been like for black players?

Ebony Rainford-Brent, Tymal Mills, Roland Butcher, Donovan Miller, Michael Holding, Tino Best, Chesney Hughes and others talk about their experiences

The racism I have seen in cricket
The racism I have seen in cricket

During my playing and broadcasting career, I saw the toxic effect prejudice and ignorance could have on people and the game

On-field taunt could land Sarfraz Ahmed in the dock
On-field taunt could land Sarfraz Ahmed in the dock

In the 37th over of South Africa's innings, Pakistan's captain was caught on the broadcast stump mics making what seemed to be a racist comment against Andile Phehlukwayo

Sarfraz Ahmed apologises for controversial on-field taunt
Sarfraz Ahmed apologises for controversial on-field taunt

While Andile Phehlukwayo seemed to be the target of his comment, the Pakistan captain tweeted that it was not 'directed towards anyone in particular'

'We forgive him because he said sorry' - Faf du Plessis on Sarfraz Ahmed's taunt
'We forgive him because he said sorry' - Faf du Plessis on Sarfraz Ahmed's taunt

'This is not something that we take lightly as a team, but the fact that he apologised straight away means there is regret on his part'

Sarfraz apologises to Phehlukwayo in person for racially-charged taunt
Sarfraz apologises to Phehlukwayo in person for racially-charged taunt

The Pakistan captain tweeted a picture of himself shaking hands with the South Africa allrounder before the third ODI in Centurion

Sarfraz Ahmed gets four-match suspension for racist comment
Sarfraz Ahmed gets four-match suspension for racist comment

ICC announces penalty half an hour after Shoaib Malik comes out to the toss for Pakistan in Johannesburg

James Anderson believes cricket must be 'more active' to combat discrimination
James Anderson believes cricket must be 'more active' to combat discrimination

England seamer says current levels of inclusion from players of Afro-Caribbean heritage are 'just not OK'

'Cricket is not immune from systemic racism' - ECB
'Cricket is not immune from systemic racism' - ECB

Governing body acknowledges need for 'meaningful change' as it recognises black cricketers are marginalised

Daren Sammy, Chris Gayle raise voice against racism in wake of George Floyd killing
Daren Sammy, Chris Gayle raise voice against racism in wake of George Floyd killing

Kumar Sangakkara and Ian Bishop also speak out

Daren Sammy to Sunrisers Hyderabad team-mates: You called me 'kalu', what did you mean?
Daren Sammy to Sunrisers Hyderabad team-mates: You called me 'kalu', what did you mean?

"You repeatedly called me that word over and over again to the point that I was even saying that's my name"

ICC to use 'common sense' if players pay tribute to George Floyd in play
ICC to use 'common sense' if players pay tribute to George Floyd in play

ICC will treat displays of solidarity by players on a "case-by-case basis"

Jason Holder: World 'must come together' as West Indies arrive for historic tour
Jason Holder: World 'must come together' as West Indies arrive for historic tour

Captain calls for unity as squad prepare for bio-secure Test series against backdrop of racial protests

Michael Carberry: 'Black people are not important to the structure of English cricket'
Michael Carberry: 'Black people are not important to the structure of English cricket'

Former England batsman alleges structural racism within the game

It's time we South Asians understood that colourism is racism
It's time we South Asians understood that colourism is racism

We need to unlearn our toxic attitudes towards light and dark skin, and perhaps sport can lead the way

Daren Sammy: 'I refuse to allow any other person to make me feel mentally less'
Daren Sammy: 'I refuse to allow any other person to make me feel mentally less'

The former West Indies captain says that to understand racism, cricket needs an open conversation

The Englishmen who spoke for voiceless South Africans
The Englishmen who spoke for voiceless South Africans

Remembering two Test cricketers who worked to undermine apartheid's evil effects

Moeen Ali: England's man of the summer
Moeen Ali: England's man of the summer

He has won respect with his cricket doing the talking, not letting himself be crushed by shameful boos from fans

The nuisance of cyber banter
The nuisance of cyber banter

First there was knuckle-biting stupidity. Then there were attempts to defend it