Inclusion and diversity within cricket

England & Wales Cricket Board has a public commitment to diversity and inclusivity within our game, our workplace and our Board.

Cricket must be a game for everyone - an open and accessible sport - so we fully support the aims of Sport England’s Code for Sports Governance.

ECB has adopted the full requirements of the Code, will continue to work towards increasing gender parity and greater diversity, and our Board will comprise of a minimum of 30% female directors by May 2018, as agreed with Sport England.  

Over the past year, we have set firm foundations for supporting diversity with some of the highlights of 2017 including:

  • Prioritising People - including greater opportunities, a development programme for women in cricket and providing support and guidance for emerging leaders.
  • South Asian Engagement – an engagement strategy built upon research, insight and public consultation for delivery in 2018.
  • Championing Diversity - this summer saw our support for Rainbow Laces LGBT campaign across the professional game and the Learning Disability team, one of four England disability teams, triumphant in their summer tri-nations series.
  • Governance Review – through which the ECB Board has agreed a revised composition and appointment process to ensure greater diversity, more independence and improved decision-making.

Cricket should provide an environment where people can thrive, regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability or background and ECB will seek to further develop opportunities for all our people. Recruitment processes are evolving and we want our culture to appeal to the widest talent pool at Board level, in committees and across our day-to-day roles.

We will continue to provide regular updates on our progress and future actions.

ECB's inclusion and diversity strategy

One Game is ECB’s inclusion and diversity strategy. It provides information on how the ECB aims to ensure people from all backgrounds feel welcome in cricket.

The vision is to ensure there should be no boundaries in cricket.

ECB and cricket are committed to reaching, recruiting and retaining people from all communities.

One Game covers everyone, everywhere in whatever role they want to play in cricket – watching, playing, following, volunteering, and working.

The ECB aims to ensure that no individuals (this includes players, spectators, coaches, officials and administrators) receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of their age, sex, disability, race, ethnic origin, gender, parental or marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief, class or socio-economic status, sexual orientation or political belief. 

There will be a safe and welcoming environment to all those who wish to be involved in cricket and that everyone is treated fairly and with respect.

The One Game strategy also aims to increase representation from all communities, so that cricket, and its workforce, becomes more representative of the population of England and Wales.

To download the full strategy, please click here.

The Equality Act 2010 – Guidance for cricket

We recommend all cricket organisations make themselves aware of their responsibilities relating to the Equality Act 2010.

To find out more on the Equality Act 2010 and who it protects, please download this document.

For an explanation of positive action and the differences between what is legal and illegal within the Equality Act 2010 please read here.

To contact the ECB for more information on the One Game strategy please email:

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