Majid Haq: Deafening silence speaks volumes after Cricket Scotland review

Majid Haq has found “deafening silence” from Scottish players following the release of a report that branded the governing body institutionally racist.

The testimony of Haq and former international team-mate Qasim Sheikh prompted an independent review that found 448 instances of institutional racism in Cricket Scotland.

A day after the damning report was released, the couple’s lawyer, Aamer Anwar, questioned what it meant for Scottish players to “get on their knees” during the T20 World Cup when “no white team member has decided much or anything to say the last few days on institutional racism”.

In response to the question on Twitter, Haq said: “Looks like it’s nothing more than a bit of virtue signaling and check box practice because the deafening silence of many of them speaks volumes.

“You may feel uncomfortable, but your privilege is never having to think you’re not going to get on the team because of racism.”

Scotland meet New Zealand in a T20 tie at the Grange in Edinburgh on Wednesday, the first of a series of three games against the tourists.

Sheikh praised former skipper George Salmond for speaking out on Monday to support him and Haq and also to call for change.

He wrote: “The late Asim Butt told me when I was 15 that the reason he loved playing for (Scotland) was because of his captain @SalmondG – now I see why, real leader.”

Haq also responded to a comment from Jameel Gardee, a cricket coach, who claimed he had been asked by a director of Cricket Scotland to delete a tweet questioning Haq’s punishment in 2015 and threatening disciplinary action.

Haq was sent home from the World Cup by Cricket Scotland, suspended for three months and never played for his country again after posting a tweet implying race had played a role in his elimination.

Scotland’s record wicket-taker wrote: “Several people have told me that @CricketScotland executives have warned them to stay away from me and stop engaging with me on social media as it will hurt their chances of promotion could, which is pathetic. ”

Sheikh added: “Unfortunately I’ve been told the same thing by a number of former @CricketScotland staff who have also been told not to deal with me!”

Haq has questioned why more isn’t being asked of authorities after allowing institutional racism “for so many years” and included the Scottish Government, Sportscotland and the International Cricket Council in his tweet.

The ICC, which hosts its annual conference in Birmingham, has reacted to the report’s findings.

A spokesman said: “Discrimination of any kind has no place in cricket and everyone involved in the sport has a responsibility to provide a safe and welcoming environment.

“Cricket is a sport for everyone and we will support the new board and leadership of Cricket Scotland in making the sport more diverse and inclusive.”

Qasim Sheikh during a press conference on Tuesday (Andrew Milligan/PA)

(PA wire)

The entire board of Cricket Scotland resigned on Sunday and Sportscotland, the national sporting authority, has placed the governing body under special measures until at least October 2023 following the review recommendations.

The report also recommended that the Western District Cricket Union, one of five regional bodies, be placed under special measures by Cricket Scotland and that its disciplinary proceedings be dropped immediately.

A statement from the organization said: “WDCU has been in contact with Cricket Scotland in relation to the report’s recommendations and will be working with the national governing body and Sportscotland following the report.” Majid Haq: Deafening silence speaks volumes after Cricket Scotland review

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