Top cricket clubs face losing access to public cash if they fail to stop institutional racism.
MPs condemn what they call profound racism in the sport after hearing about abuse by the Yorkshire spinner Azeem Rafiq.
And the influential Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee says any taxpayers’ future tax dollars for the sport should be withheld to erase the hate. from the locker rooms and the stands.
President Julian Knight warns racism is endemic to cricket as a whole.
Rafiq, 30, was abused during his two spells at the club.
“This shows how seriously politicians are taking an issue that too many people in cricket have ignored for a long time,” he said.
MPs called for England and Wales Cricket Council to set key goals or face funding cuts.
Yorkshire has been banned from hosting international matches until they clean up their behaviour.
The club initially said it would take no action over the hatred Rafiq faced.
Both the ECB and Yorkshire CC will meet again with MPs later this year for an update on their progress.
The commission’s report said: “We are monitoring it closely and have full intentions to ensure that cricket cleans up its behaviour.
“We urge the Government to ensure that any future public funds spent on cricket are contingent upon continuous, provable progress in eliminating racism in both the locker room and on the pitch. stand.”
Mr Knight added: “The eloquent evidence provided to this committee by Azeem Rafiq convinced us that his story is typical of a problem endemic across the whole of cricket.
“Public finance for cricket must depend on the ECB’s leadership and real progress to tackle heinous behaviour, not only in the dressing room but also in the stands.
“It made me really stop to think about whether they were ready to host international tournaments.”
“We are determined to remove racism and other forms of discrimination from our sport,” said ECB interim president Barry O’Brien.
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