Seeking inclusion, the England and Wales Cricket Council (ECB) is set to add former fast bowlers Devon Malcolm and Dean Hadley to their match panel.
According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, the two respected former British hurricanes with African-Caribbean heritage are among the five names added to the “additional refereeing matches” panel.
The names will be announced soon. Both Malcolm and Hadley remained involved in the game as coaching roles.
Both have retired from active cricket after a stellar career. Malcolm took more than 1,000 first-class wickets – 128 of them in Test Cricket with the best of 9/57 against South Africa – while Hadley grabbed an impressive 60 test boxes at 27.85 before his career was cut short due to injury.
Hadley is expected to take part in Rachel Heiho Flint’s trophy next week.
This is a sign of the ECB’s commitment to diversity, months after former test judge John Holder called for an investigation following the revelation that the cricket body had not appointed a non-whites official on the top list since 1992.
Holder also claims that they never hired a Pitch liaison officer, cricket liaison officer, match referee, referee mentor or referee coach, forcing the ECB to acknowledge complaints and work in “areas where be better and do more to be inclusive and diverse. “
The ECB has also announced a set of measures, including a commitment to ensure that at least 15 percent of the arbitrators on the national committee are of black and minority ethnic origin (BAME) by the end of 2021. The figure is currently 8 percent.