County chairmen must answer questions from MPs on diversity and governance

Mike O’Farrell from Middlesex, Rod Bransgrove from Hampshire and Gareth Williams from Glamorgan will join Yorkshire Chairman Lord Kamlesh Patel before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on January 25.

Four county chairmen will give evidence to MPs next week as the parliamentary inquiry into diversity issues in English cricket continues.

Mike O’Farrell from Middlesex, Rod Bransgrove from Hampshire and Gareth Williams from Glamorgan will join Yorkshire Chairman Lord Kamlesh Patel before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

The quartet will be quizzed on their counties’ approach to diversity, their views on the ECB’s proposed 12-point plan to tackle discrimination and prejudice within the national cricket system, and the current state governance and regulation in sport.

The hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, January 25, should also count on representation from the ECB.

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Glamorgan chairman Gareth Williams, left, is among the chairmen called by the DCMS select committee (Polly Thomas/Getty Images)

The governing body went through a tough time before MPs during their previous appearance in mid-November, when Azeem Rafiq’s testimony was also heard.

As a result of this panel session, an inter-game initiative to tackle racism and promote equal access to cricket in England and Wales has been proposed and endorsed by ECB member organizations .

This project should be followed with an eagle eye by the DCMS select committee. The panel was scathing in its assessment of the ECB and the Yorkshire CCC in a report released last week.

It contained a proposal to limit public funding until cricket can prove it is making progress on issues of diversity, equality and racism.

The committee also recommended that the ECB report to MPs every quarter to take stock of the measures taken and their effects.



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