Gary Ballance
Gary Ballance. Credit: Twitter

The English Cricket Board has been very serious about any racism involved acts, and they had immediately suspended Gary Ballance after the verdict on institutional racism at YCCC. Gary Ballance has represented England in 23 tests and 16 ODIs, and he last represented England in 2017. The 31-year-old has been in contention for selection, but his recent racial slur might prohibit it.

The left-hander has admitted that he has called his former teammate Azeem Rafiq a “P***” which was unacceptable by the terms of ECB. Ballance regretted his early age behaviours and revealed his closeness with Azeem Rafiq as a friend. He had mentioned that he used the banter in a friendly manner.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) (Photo- Twitter)
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) (Photo- Twitter)

ECB To Take Swift Action Against Racism In Cricket

ECB had stated that they would be looking to make sure that racism doesn’t prevail in the game and was keen to note that any racism issue should be dealt with immediately. The ECB had also suspended Yorkshire Cricket County from hosting any international matches as the standards have not been met.

“There is no place for racism or any form of discrimination in cricket and where it is found, swift action must be taken. This matter must be dealt with robustly if the sport is to demonstrate its commitment to truly being a game for everyone,” 

“In the meantime, YCCC are suspended from hosting international or major matches until it has clearly demonstrated that it can meet the standards expected of an international venue, ECB member and First-Class County,” the statement read.

Azeem Rafiq
Azeem Rafiq (Image Credit: Twitter)

ECB To Investigate Completely Into Gary Ballance’s Matter

ECB had suspended Gary Ballance indefinitely from being selected for the England side and has reckoned that there will be a thorough investigation into the racism issues.

“Before any regulatory investigation is complete, the Board wishes to take immediate action in relation to Gary Ballance. While Mr Ballance has not been selected to play for England since 2017, he will be suspended indefinitely from the selection. This position will be reviewed following the ECB regulatory investigation into his conduct,” the statement added.

Gary Ballance
Gary Ballance. Credits: Twitter

The cricketers around the world and in the ongoing T20 World cup 2021 have been showing their support towards anti-racism with bending the knee movements and taking oaths.

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