England pace bowler Stuart Broad has said that upcoming Ashes would be a great opportunity for cricket to come out of the shadow of racial discrimination and make the game more diverse.
Former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq recently recounted the ‘institutionally racist’ English cricket culture before the parliamentary committee room during his nearly decade-long stay at the county, saying that “you have people (here) who are openly racist”.
“Cricket has been through an uncomfortable time as it has dealt with the issue of racism but when things are like this, you have to be able to find a way to come through and be better, so this is a great chance for the sport to grow, to feel more diverse and include people of every background. All should be welcome to play,” said Broad.
Rafiq was originated from Pakistan and he moved to the UK in 2001 and played a total of 39 First-Class games. The off-spinner stated that he suffered racism for all his career in the county cricket.
“We have to learn how to make things different for the next generation but also for the generation that are playing at the moment. Can we make the game a better place for all? One hundred per cent, we can.”
The first Ashes Test this year will start from December 8 at The Gabba in Brisbane.