Early day motion signed by former Labour shadow cabinet members including Jeremy Corbyn

A group of MPs including former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has launched a scathing attack on the ECB’s record on racial equality, claiming that institutional racism “is present at all levels of the game”.

By tabling an early day motion (EDM) in parliament, the MPs have called on their colleagues to “express their alarm” over the underrepresentation of non-white individuals in English cricket and condemned the ECB’s failure to address the problem.

Sponsors of the EDM – a proposal for a debate in the House of Commons – include former shadow chancellor John McDonnell and former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott. The full statement draws attention to “the bullying, racial harassment and victimisation” of non-white players, officials and coaches, and calls upon the ECB “to support and fully fund African, Caribbean and Asian Cricket Associations to remedy the historical injustice of race discrimination”.