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Atherton: Lack of Black players in county cricket not good enough

  • Published at 08:53 pm July 7th, 2020
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Michael Atherton

A study carried out by Leeds Beckett University this year found that there were only nine Black players competing in county cricket last season, down from 33 in 1995

The lack of Black players in county cricket is "clearly not good enough" according to former England captain Michael Atherton.

A study carried out by Leeds Beckett University this year found that there were only nine Black players competing in county cricket last season, down from 33 in 1995.

Only three Black players have made their England debut since 2000 - the most recent being Jofra Archer who is in England's squad to face the West Indies this week in the first Test match.

Gladstone Small, who played for Warwickshire and made 17 Test appearances for England, said the lack of Black players in the county game needs to be addressed.

English football has vowed to increase opportunities for the Black African Minority Ethnic community in coaching and managerial roles after Manchester City's Raheem Sterling highlighted the issue.

Cricket suffers from a similar problem with only two of the 118 managers or coaches employed by counties last season being Black, according to a Daily Telegraph report.

The West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, who will be commentating on the Test series, said he was shocked by the small number of Black players in English county cricket.

The ECB has pledged to engage community leaders and Black influencers within cricket.

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