Majid Haq: Deafening silence speaks volumes after Cricket Scotland review

Majid Haq noted the “deafening silence” of Scottish players following the release of a report that found the management to be institutionally racist.

The testimonies of Haq and former international teammate Qasim Sheikh prompted an independent review which found 448 examples of institutional racism in Scotland’s cricket.

The day after the damning report was released, the couple’s lawyer, Aamer Anwar, wondered what was the point of Scottish players “kneeling” during the T20 World Cup when “no white team member dared to say much or anything at all.” last few days about institutional racism.”

Responding to a question on Twitter, Haq said: “It looks like it was nothing more than a display of virtue and a ticking exercise because the deafening silence of many of them speaks volumes.

“They may feel uncomfortable, but it’s their privilege to never think you won’t make the team because of racism.”

Scotland will face New Zealand at the Grange in Edinburgh on Wednesday in a T20 scrum, the first in a series of three games against tourists.

The Sheikh praised former skipper George Salmond for coming out in support of him and Haq on Monday and demanding change.

He wrote: “The late Asim Butt told me when I was 15 that the reason he loved playing for (Scotland) was because of his captain @SalmondG – now I see why, a true leader.”

Hack also responded to a comment by Jameel Gardy, a cricket coach, who stated that the director of Cricket Scotland asked him to delete a tweet questioning Hack’s 2015 punishment and threatened disciplinary action.

Hack was sent home from the Cricket World Cup Scotland, suspended for three months and never played for his country again after tweeting hinting that the race played a role in his expulsion.

Scotland’s record holder wrote: “Several people have told me that @CricketScotland’s senior executives have warned them to stay away from me and stop interacting with me on social media or it could hurt their chances of progress, which is a pity. ”

Sheikh added: “Unfortunately, I was told the same thing by several former @CricketScotland employees who were also told not to interact with me!”

Hack wondered why the authorities weren’t asking more after institutional racism had been allowed to happen “for so many years”, and in his tweet he included the Scottish government, Sportscotland and the International Cricket Council.

The ICC, which holds its annual conference in Birmingham, reacted to the report’s findings.

A spokesman said: “Discrimination of any kind has no place in cricket and it is the responsibility of everyone involved in the sport to create a safe and supportive environment.

“Cricket is a sport for everyone and we will support the new board and management of Cricket Scotland as they work to make the sport more diverse and inclusive.”


Qasim Sheikh during a press conference on Tuesday (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Cricket Scotland’s entire board resigned on Sunday and Sportscotland, the national agency for sports, imposed special measures on the governing body until at least October 2023, in line with the review’s recommendations.

The report also recommended that the Western District Cricket Union, one of the five regional associations, be subject to special measures by Cricket Scotland and that its disciplinary processes be stopped immediately.

The organization said in a statement: “WDCU has contacted Cricket Scotland in connection with the report’s recommendations and will work with the national governing body and Sportscotland following the release of the report.”