3.1_EDI Mission statement

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The ECB is committed to ensuring cricket is a game for everyone. Find out more about what we’re doing to break down barriers and ensure cricket is a truly inclusive and diverse sport.

A game for everyone

We want cricket to be a game for everyone. That’s why inclusivity and diversity will drive our agenda for the short, medium, and long term. Our Inspiring Generations strategy, launched in 2019 has inclusion at its heart and aims to inspire a whole generation to say that ‘cricket is a game for me’.  

Any form of discrimination in cricket is completely unacceptable and we will take all necessary steps to eradicate it wherever and whenever we find it.

Our aim is for every community and every individual to think ‘cricket is a game for me’. Here are some of the things we’re doing to make that ambition a reality:

The whole of cricket is delivering a wide-ranging Action Plan agreed in November 2021 to fight discrimination and become more inclusive, including:

  • Increasing the understanding and education of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) across all levels of cricket.
  • Reviewing dressing room cultures in professional teams (domestic and international).
  • Removing barriers in talent pathways to aid the progress of people from diverse backgrounds into professional teams.
  • Creating a welcoming environment for all, including tackling abusive crowd behaviour and upgraded education across the whole game.
  • Publishing localised EDI Action Plans by April 2022.

To support the plan, the ECB is collaborating with Sport England to help the whole game achieve increased diversity among its Boards; providing £25million of strategic funding over five years to support EDI actions across cricket; and forming a new anti-discrimination unit to ensure the ECB can tackle discrimination in all forms.

We're publishing regular updates on our progress delivering the plan - you can read the latest from January, April and May.

Launching a new Anti-Discrimination Code in 2021 that ensures that any incidence of discrimination in the professional game, and in recreational leagues and clubs that fall under our jurisdiction, can be subject to disciplinary processes and sanctions.

Actively encouraging anyone involved in cricket – at any level – to report any discrimination they experience or witness through our anonymous reporting scheme.

Creating a link between ECB funding and EDI minimum standards.

Implementing in full the ECB’s own Equity, Diversion and Inclusion Plan which aims to:

  • Empower people to make positive change across cricket.
  • Build diverse teams that reflect the communities they serve.
  • Develop inclusive environments where everyone feels welcome and safe.
  • Lead with accountability and commitment.

In 2020, we announced the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket who will advise the ECB Board in assessing the evidence of inequalities and discrimination within cricket, and the actions needed to tackle these issues.

Collaborating with the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) on an extensive anti-racism programme.

There is still more to do. Every organisation within the cricket network and every individual involved in the game has a role to play in supporting real change on and off the pitch so that our game reflects the populations of England and Wales. We are committed to constantly listening, learning and acting to ensure cricket really is a game for everyone.