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Middlesex Cricket announces a dedicated disclosure channel for victims of abuse or discrimination

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Middlesex Cricket has today announced a dedicated disclosure channel for anyone who feels they have witnessed or been the victim of abuse or discrimination of any kind.

 

The Club has also today contacted former players to gain insight into the extent of any discrimination they may have experienced or witnessed during their time at Middlesex Cricket.

A dedicated email address has been set up for disclosures to be made to, which will see immediate action taken by an appointed investigatory panel, who will deal with the matter in the most stringent, urgent, and timely manner possible, in the strictest confidence.

Should anyone making a disclosure wish to remain anonymous, an online form has also been created for disclosures to be made to, which is easily accessible on the home page of the Middlesex website. All disclosures made via this form will also be handled directly by the appointed panel in the strictest confidence, with complete assurance that any information provided will be for internal processes only.

Middlesex Cricket’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Cornish, commented:

“The bravery and strength of Azeem Rafiq to step forward as a whistle-blower and give evidence at the DCMS Select Committee review earlier this week must be entirely commended. It has brought this matter sharply into focus, and all counties have a duty to ensure they are taking every possible measure to eradicate any form of discrimination.

“It is clear from Azeem’s experiences that much has to change in the game, and that there is a lot of work to be done to ensure that cricket provides a safe environment that is open, welcoming, and wholly inclusive for everyone. Everyone needs to learn from previous wrongdoings, eradicate the problem, educate for the future, and improve, and I can only give my complete assurance, on behalf of the entire Club, that we will be doing all within our power to ensure that Middlesex’s zero tolerance policy against all forms of discrimination is upheld.

“We would welcome anyone to disclose anything of concern, either to the Club directly, through the channels we have established for this purpose, or to the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket.”

Anyone wishing to make a report of any incident of discrimination and make a disclosure to the Club directly, please email [email protected] or complete the online form at https://bit.ly/DiscriminationForm