The England and Wales Cricket Commission (ECB) was sued by former referee John Holder and Ismail Dowd on charges of racial discrimination while serving on the board, the report said. The duo accused the ECB of institutional racial discrimination, and last month called for an independent investigation into the lack of economic management in domestic minority groups.
According to a report from’The Guardian’, “Two days before Christmas, Holder brought his claim to the London Central Office of the Employment Court.” Holder, a former Hampshire cricketer, was responsible for 11 tests and 19 ODIs in a nearly 30-year career.
“The legal action against the ECB has to do with being hired as a first-class judge between 1983 and 2009. I took part in a test against the West Indies at Oval,” the report said.
Holder and former U-19 cricketer Dawood said, “We are seeking compensation and recommendations for the ECB’s future actions under the Equality Act 2010 s.123(3)(b).”
Dowd, who played for Northamptonshire, Worcestershire, Glamorgan and Yorkshire, but was unable to advance to a panel after his 2005 career ended, said there was a “systematic failure”.
“I was told I would be promoted for a year in the evaluation, it was verbal. It didn’t happen,” Dawood told’Sky Sports News’.
“In six different cases I was replaced in terms of promotion. Of course I was dissatisfied because my reports and statistical data from the various people writing the report were all sound and were not given a promotion opportunity.
“I still don’t know why my career was shortened. We believe there is a systematic failure inside. The sort of harassment, harassment, and deception I’ve been involved with in relation to my brotherhood was terrible.”
An ECB spokesman said, “We cannot comment on this because we are not aware of the details of John Holder’s claim. The ECB is committed to not tolerating any kind of discrimination in our sports.
“Like all areas of our game, we want matchmakers to represent and reflect everyone who supports and plays cricket. “…We were prepared to meet with John Holder and others to listen to their experiences so that we can better inform our future approach to recruiting and developing referees and match officials.”