The damning report found 448 instances of institutionalized racism in Scottish cricket.

A damning review into Scottish cricket has confirmed almost 450 instances of institutional racism, with 68 individual concerns referred for further investigation after allegations were made against individuals, clubs and a regional association. .

An independent review published by Plan4Sport has resulted in Cricket Scotland being placed under “special measures” until October 2023, following the resignation of the board on Sunday in response to the disastrous results.

The ‘Changing the Boundaries’ report said that after almost 1,000 direct engagements since the initial allegations of institutional racism in November last year, 448 instances were confirmed between the governing body’s governance and leadership structures.

It also found that among the individual concerns that required further investigation were 31 allegations of racism against 15 individuals, two clubs and the Western District Cricket Union (WDCU), which were brought under special measures by Cricket Scotland. has been kept

The review used 31 indicators of institutional racism, which mapped recurring themes among allegations against them. Of these, 29 failed to meet the required criteria, and the remaining two were only partially met, the report said.

In response to the findings, Cricket Scotland’s interim chief executive officer, Gordon Arthur, said: “The racism and discrimination that has taken place in the game we all love should never have been allowed to happen, or for so long. It should not be challenged for a long time.

“Once again I would like to offer my sincere apologies to all those who have been victims of racism and discrimination in Scottish cricket. We recognize the impact this will have on individuals and their families. We hope the report gives them some reassurance that their voices have been heard, and we’re sorry it didn’t happen sooner.

“I thank and acknowledge everyone who has bravely come forward to contribute to the review. I know it will not be easy, but contributions are essential to restart cricket.”

“We would also like to thank Plan4Sport and Sportscotland, who have worked tirelessly over the last seven months to get us to this point.

“It is also important that we recognize those individuals who spoke out against racism and brought these serious issues to the fore and, despite their pain, continued to campaign for a better future for the sport. Thank you.”

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