Cricket Scotland Chief Executive Gordon Arthur has had “very constructive” meetings with racism whistleblowers Majid Haq and Qasim Sheikh.
Former Scotland players Haq and Sheikh have launched wide-ranging racism complaints against Cricket Scotland, prompting widespread resignations amid damning independent scrutiny.
Arthur met Haq and Sheikh at Scotland’s Twenty20 with New Zealand in Edinburgh on Wednesday and apologized to the duo.
Cricket Scotland has been embroiled in special measures after an independent review published on Monday identified 448 instances of institutional racism, while Haq and Shiekh’s lawyer called the players’ refusal to speak out “deeply shameful”.
However, Arthur has now taken to addressing the scandal personally, with Cricket Scotland confirming a meeting at Wednesday’s game.
“Gordon Arthur met with Majid Haq and Qasim Sheikh today for the Scotland v New Zealand T20 international,” said a spokesman for Cricket Scotland.
“He had a very constructive discussion on how to resolve the issues arising from the racism review and apologized for the time it has taken to get to this stage and the impact it is having on them and their families had.
“They have agreed to meet next week and work together to ensure that cricket in Scotland is a truly welcoming sport with equal opportunities for all.”
Arthur’s intervention came after Aamer Anwar, the lawyer representing Haq and Sheikh, released a scathing statement earlier Wednesday.
“Since the resignation of the board and the publication of the chilling charges against Cricket Scotland, the white players on the Scotland team have yet to show genuine solidarity to the victims of racism, including their team-mates Hamza Tahir and Safyaan Sharif,” Anwar said.
“Their attitude is deeply shameful (and) the fact that the team took a knee last year can now only be described as tokenism.”
Consultancy firm Plan4Sport conducted an independent review which has revealed widespread racism issues at Cricket Scotland following allegations by Haq and Sheikh.
Anwar added: “Many of the dinosaurs that remain at the heart of Cricket Scotland claim to love the game, in fact their racism is killing the game, our cricket pitches should be full of families and communities cheering on their various teams that are chosen play for merit, but unfortunately they are not.
“If these racists think they can ignore what happened then they should not be under the illusion that there is no going back, they represent (the) past and should not play any part in the future of Scottish cricket.”
The review, titled “Changing the Boundaries,” found that the governing body had failed on 29 out of 31 indicators of institutional racism.
From an anonymous survey, 122 people said they had been discriminated against on a racial basis and 49 people said they had been discriminated against because of their religion or belief.
Most (62 percent) of survey respondents had experienced, seen, or received reports of racism or other forms of discrimination.
From talks, 68 individual concerns were forwarded for further investigation, including 31 allegations of racism against 15 people, two clubs and a regional association.
Some cases have been referred to Police Scotland, some to Children First and others to Cricket Scotland. No further details were given, but someone has already appeared in court.
The allegations include racial abuse, inappropriate language, preferential treatment of white children from public schools and the lack of a transparent selection process.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/cricket-scotland-qasim-sheikh-majid-haq-scotland-twenty20-b2132599.html Cricket Scotland reserve boss Gordon Arthur meets Majid Haq and Qasim Sheikh