Tariq Ali | Not Cricket · LRB 19 November 2021

 Tariq Ali | Not Cricket · LRB 19 November 2021

Who would have imagined that the sordid saga of ingrained racism in English cricket and its consequences would be laid bare before a select committee of the House of Commons in 2021? Very few non-white British women and men engaged in professional sport on any level would be surprised by the goings-on in Yorkshire. Much of what Azeem Rafiq revealed has been known in the cricketing world and its fringes for a long, long time. There’s no point pretending otherwise. The dressing room at the Yorkshire Cricket Club may have been particularly nasty, but let’s avoid the ‘bad apple’ theories so loved in this country and always used to justify corruption, sleaze, racist atrocities etc. Few other county clubs have a clean record. And the rot starts at the head.

Despite all the evidence, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was not prepared to take on the toads in Yorkshire. Credit for the scale of the exposure must go to Sajid…

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