A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Racism still remains a huge problem in cricket, says Peter Chingoka

Chingoka believes the growing problem of racism must be tackled immediately

Long-standing Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Peter Chingoka believes racism still remains a major problem in international cricket today and added that in some cases it has actually become worse.

In a statement released by Zimbabwe Cricket, Chingoka revealed that during the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 World Cup in Australia last August many white batsmen were claiming that black bowlers were deliberately bowling bouncers at them in the nets, while numerous black bowlers complained that white fielders were reluctant to stop runs when they were bowling.

Chingoka has called for a conference to be held right after the conclusion of Zimbabwe’s ongoing tour of the Caribbean.

“There have been reports of black and white players using separate buses on senior team tours,” he said. “Our domestic leagues have not been spared either, as there has been a marked increase in the number of disciplinary hearings initiated by allegations of racism.

“In view of the unfolding media debate and the unacceptable incidents referred to above, it would appear that there is still some progress to be made in addressing the imbalances of the past and re-integrating the sport to accommodate all Zimbabweans, regardless of colour, social background or gender.

“Cricket is a game for all and we have no reservations in saying that discrimination, where it is proved to exist, and whether brought about intentionally or as a result of other factors, should not be tolerated in any way or form.”

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