Cricket Scotland’s board of directors resigned a day before the release of an independent report into allegations of institutional racism within the sport and the governing body.
Board members say they have resigned to allow for the creation of new governance structures and the implementation of the report’s recommendations.
Consultancy firm Plan4Sport was hired by Sportscotland, the national agency for sport, to begin conducting the review in December last year after former Scotland players Majid Haq and Qasim Sheikh claimed the governing body was “institutionally racist”.
In a letter to recently appointed interim CEO Gordon Arthur, board members said they were fully committed to implementing the review’s findings and had taken “important first steps” to improve the governance and governance of the sport.
The letter added: “These two programs of work, one to provide a thorough, fair and speedy solution to the issues raised around racism and the other to overhaul and modernize the way sport is governed, are individually major challenges for a small organization like Cricket Scotland .
“We recognize the significant support Sportscotland has received to date and we know they will continue to work in partnership to ensure rapid progress in the future.
“Although the Board has not viewed the review report, it is now aware of the proposed timelines and certain mandatory actions proposed in the report, which it believes will enable the execution of these two programs within the proposed timeline and current governance frameworks.
“Consequently, we believe we must step down now to allow for the necessary progress over the coming months.”
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The board members, who said they felt “really sorry” for anyone who has experienced racism or other forms of discrimination in Scottish cricket, claimed the “transformative” review represents a “watershed moment for Scottish sport and society in general”. would.
“We wish everyone at Cricket Scotland every success and hope that the sport of cricket moves out of this implementation phase of the review into a new, transformed and truly welcoming environment that will allow it to thrive at all levels for years to come,” they added added.
The current Cricket Scotland board members listed on the Companies House website are Sue Strachan, who was appointed interim chair in April, Sheelagh Duffield, Jonathan Kemp, Douglas Lockhart and Colin Mitchell.
Phil Yelland was elected president in April. Gordon McKinnie resigned earlier this month, while Angela Casey, former chairman Tony Brian and former chief executive Gus Mackay left the board earlier this year.
A Sportscotland spokesman, whose head of sports development John Lunn acted as interim managing director of Cricket Scotland for several months this year, said: “This has been an exceptionally challenging time for everyone involved in Scottish cricket.
“We have been made aware of the Board’s decision and as the national sporting authority we will take immediate steps to provide Cricket Scotland with significant additional leadership and leadership support.”
An interim report in April revealed that the investigation had led to police involvement. Referrals were made to Children First, Police Scotland and human resources and legal experts to ensure allegations of racism were fully investigated. Other themes such as “misogyny, leadership and governance concerns” also surfaced.
Staff and consultants working on the review spoke to more than 200 people, including international stakeholders, and several hundred others completed an anonymous online survey.
Attorney Aamer Anwar said: “We expect the report to report a devastating indictment of an institutionally racist Cricket Scotland and a full vindication of the allegations made by my clients Majid Haq and Qasim Sheikh and the many victims who have chosen to report.
“Since the investigation began, both Majid Haq and Qasim Sheikh have been at the center of exposing institutional racism.”
Anwar later added on Twitter that his clients welcomed the mass layoffs after the board was accused of being “dysfunctional, institutionally racist and presiding over a culture of humiliation and bullying.”