About the EDI Working Group

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) working group came together in July 2020, in the context of Black cricketers contacting the PCA in support of the global movement to stamp out racism and provide equality for future generations.

The widespread solidarity against injustice and racism, combined with support of the Black Lives Matter movement, encouraged many current and former Black cricketers to speak about their experiences. Subsequently, the EDI working group was formed with a mandate from the PCA board and wider membership in order to address and combat racism and all discrimination within the professional game.

The group has a diverse representation from the cricketing community, as well as external advisors who have a wealth of experience in EDI in sport, that will develop and challenge the PCA’s approach to achieving its mission and goals. You can view the members of the group below.

Mission Statement

This group aims to ensure that professional cricketers work in an inclusive environment protected from discrimination, where every player is actively supported and included, and has the knowledge and support necessary to challenge any form of discrimination.

To achieve the EDI working group’s mission statement, its core goals are to:

  • Hold itself and others accountable
  • Use education and advocacy to create and support an inclusive culture on and off the field of play
  • Provide maximum clarity to players on reporting procedures to address incidences of discrimination

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Accountability

The EDI working group works hard to hold both itself and other bodies accountable with regards to discrimination within cricket. With a mandate from both the PCA Board and the wider PCA membership, the group has set itself clear targets to work towards since its inception, which it then uses to review its achievements on a regular basis.

The group will also continue to check that the ECB is fulfilling its stated responsibilities within its updated EDI targets, and lobby the governing body to commission ongoing independent research and evaluation of EDI goals.

Education

Educating current, former and future professional cricketers is key to stamping out all forms of discrimination within the game. The EDI working group aims to deliver educational programmes to all professionals and academy juniors about what it means to build an inclusive culture within and outside of dressing rooms.

The group will also push for the ECB to set targets around recruitment of coaches from diverse backgrounds from grassroots to professional level, ensuring that pathways are created for players to develop their careers.

Working Together

  • Work with the ECB Values Attitudes and Behaviours (VAB) group to assist in development of anti-discrimination procedures.
  • Communicate effectively with players to inform them of the procedures, and to generate as much clarity around them as possible.
  • Ensure dedicated support processes are in place for complaints to be dealt with.

Equality Act

Under the Equality Act 2010 there is an obligation for a public authority (and a person exercising public functions) to fulfil the Equality Duty set out in section 149 of that Act.

The Duty requires public bodies to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to foster good relations between those with a protected characteristic and all others.

The protected characteristics are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

View Equalities Act 2010

The EDI Working Group

Rob Lynch

PCA Chief Executive

Ian Thomas

PCA Director of Member Services

Isa Guha

PCA Non-Executive Director

Charlie Mulraine

PCA Lead Personal Development Manager

Hassan Azad

Leicestershire

Katherine Brunt

England and Northern Diamonds

Mark Butcher

Former England & Surrey

Anuj Dal

Derbyshire

Abidine Sakande

Former Sussex

James Pyemont

ECB Head of Integrity

Kate Aldridge

ECB Strategy and Insights Manager

Simone Pound

PFA Head of Equality and Diversity

Jonny Bairstow

England Mens

Tammy Beaumont

England Womens