The director of the England men’s cricket team Ashley Giles feels that no English cricketer should be subject to any kind of racial abuse during the upcoming Ashes 2021-22 series.
The marquee five-Test Ashes 2021-22 series is all set to begin from December 8 at the iconic Gabba, Brisbane and the Ashes finale will be played at the Perth Stadium from January 14.
Speaking to The Guardian Managing director of England men’s cricket Ashley Giles said:
“If he chose to bring the team into the middle of the field and stop the game while that was investigated, then absolutely. I don’t think any of our players should be subject to any abuse actually, but discrimination and racism particularly.”
Not Giving People Second Chances, I’m Not Sure That’s A Healthy Way Forward For Us – Ashley Giles On Michael Vaughan Racism Controversy
BBC removed former England captain Michael Vaughan from the Radio 5 Tuffers and Vaughan show after the racism allegations by former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq.
When asked about the situation of former England cricketer, Ashley:
“We all do make mistakes and we will again. But we have to be able to tolerate, educate and rehabilitate, otherwise people aren’t going to open up and share their experiences and learn.
He also said that not giving second chances to people is not the healthy way to take these things forward. He asserted:
“Does zero tolerance mean we shouldn’t accept discrimination and racism? Absolutely. But not giving people second chances, I’m not sure that’s a healthy way forward for us.
“We all know that this can be a bit of a minefield. Even the language we use around this area almost changes by the month. So for me, we’ve got to educate more, we’ve got to call it out in the dressing room much more effectively if we see it,” he added.
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