Tackle the issue head-on: Morgan
England’s limited overs captain Eoin Morgan wants the cricket board to tackle the Yorkshire racism row “head on”, insisting there was no place for any kind of discrimination against any player.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has been rocked by former player Azeem Rafiq’s allegation of racism at Yorkshire County Cricket Club, which has been suspended from hosting international or major matches.
Club chairman Roger Hutton has resigned over their handling of allegations made last year by former England under-19 captain Rafiq, who is of Pakistani descent.
“I think if they’re matters of an extreme or serious nature like these are, they need to be met head on, and for us as a team, that’s exactly what we want to see,” Morgan told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s Twenty20 World Cup contest against South Africa.
“We firmly believe that there is no place in our sport for any type of discrimination.
“I think the actions of ECB (against) Yorkshire have indicated how serious they are about dealing with issues like this ... obviously those actions speak louder than words.”
Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance, who admitted he had used racist language towards his former teammate Rafiq, has been indefinitely suspended from England selection.
Asked for his view, Morgan said: “I think the decision that was taken at the start of last summer in a similar instance with Ollie Robinson is consistent with the board’s decision with Gary Ballance.”
Fast bowler Robinson was suspended from international cricket in June for historical racist and sexist tweets.
Morgan said his team was trying to usher in a change.