ECB vows to address racism in cricket

ECB to embrace change as former England batsman Michael Carberry says cricket is "rife with racism"

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has acknowledged that the sport is not immune to systemic racism and says it will address the issue and try to bring "meaningful and long-term change" to the game.

Athletes across a range of sports have spoken out about racism after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died on May 25 after a white policeman knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis.

"We have listened carefully to those who have spoken out in recent weeks about their experiences of being black in cricket, sport and society," the ECB said in a statement.

"We know that systemic racism spans institutions and sectors across the country and we know that our sport is not immune. We truly believe that cricket is a game for everyone but understand that, sadly, barriers to its enjoyment exist for many communities."

Former England batsman Michael Carberry - who also played for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League - this week told the Cricket Badger podcast the sport is "rife with racism" while fast bowler James Anderson said the team will consider a joint anti-racism protest with West Indies during their three-Test series next month.