Those words ought to send a chill down the spine of any individual who cherishes our game. They were expressed by an at this point anonymous Essex cricketer as he tossed a banana down the steps at Maurice Chambers, a man of Caribbean nice who played for the district. Chambers affirms he was regularly offered bananas and exposed to bigoted maltreatment during his time at Essex. He added that he would return home around evening time and cry in his room.
Proof to MP’s yesterday has been similarly basically as surprising as Chambers’ disclosures. To peruse of the treatment he supposedly got from senior figures at Yorkshire after the stillbirth of his child is especially sad.
To a large number of us these claims of bigotry will come as a shock
Something should be truly bad at the core of our expert game. In grassroots cricket, South Asian players are the bedrock of the game. I have played club cricket for a very long time and every one of the groups I have played for have had areas of strength for an Asian portrayal. I can likewise express that in those 13 years I cannot even once recall hearing a bigoted remark from a white player to an ethnic minority player. I understand that as a white English individual there might be things that I knew nothing about, yet I accept I would have seen any prejudice in changing areas I was essential for.
Nonetheless, something plainly changes higher up the cricketing pyramid. The way that’s claims have been trailed by so many other ethnic minority players approaching shows the profundity of the issue we have. It is likewise significant the number of outstanding names in our game sat in those dressing that rooms around then. Maurice Chambers played in a similar group as Alastair Cook, as Joe Root, the two latest Britain skippers. As Edmund Burke said “The main thing fundamental for evil to win is for good men to sit idle”.
Specifically, has disheartened for this present week as I would see it. Not a solitary one of us can be aware without a doubt what Joe recalls. Notwithstanding, the case from the Britain commander that he played close by and Garry since junior cricket and was a presence in the Yorkshire changing area throughout the previous 12 years, yet never heard a solitary expression of what claims, will cause a commotion.
As of now it is likewise worth sounding a fair warning. The examination concerning prejudice in the game should not turn into a witch chase. Great individuals who have given their lives to the game should not have their notorieties destroyed based on gossip or talk. We should be mindful so as to consider the genuine antagonists of the piece to be answerable without falling into the kind of virtual entertainment craze that portrays the cutting edge world.
Humor and mickey-taking
The backbone of the changing area, and we can’t permit this to be gotten rid of in an environment of dread. Assuming that happens the game will turn into an exceptionally sad thing for sure. We should have the insight to isolate innocuous jokes from misuse/bigotry while considering the real bigots and menaces to be answerable. They can’t be permitted to take cover behind the flag of “chat”.