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Yorkshire CCC In response to the report of the select committee on digital, culture, media and sport

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In response to the report from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, Yorkshire County Cricket Club makes the following statement.

Professor The Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, chairman of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, said:

“We welcome the select committee’s call for demonstrable action to rid our sport of racism and discrimination. Azeem Rafiq’s testimony was a watershed moment for the sport as a whole, and we are committed to ensuring no one experiences the unacceptable experience he had at Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

“Over the past two months, Yorkshire County Cricket Club has made significant progress in our rebuilding efforts, and I am encouraged that the Committee sees room for optimism in what we have achieved. We We share this optimism and have made real improvements, but we are only at the beginning of this long and important journey.

“There is a lot of work to be done in cricket to create an inclusive, accessible and welcoming sport for people from all walks of life. It is my fervent hope that Yorkshire County Cricket Club can become a beacon for action and change, and lead the way in achieving the urgent progress the Committee has called for.

“We will provide regular updates on our progress, as well as working alongside the ECB to implement its game-wide action plan, using this unique opportunity to not only transform the game in the Yorkshire, but also to provide a model for the future of the sport”.