Former Scotland bowler John Blain desires ‘complete and clear’ inquiry after being cleared of racist behaviour

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John Blain, the previous Scotland and Yorkshire speedy bowler, has known as for a “complete and clear inquiry” into the rustic’s cricket government, after revealing that he was once cleared of allegations of racist behaviour in January, just for Cricket Scotland and sportscotland to fail to make the ones findings public.

Blain, who performed 118 suits throughout codecs for Scotland, was once accused via his former team-mates, Majid Haq and Qasim Sheikh, of the use of a racist slur on a excursion of Kenya in 2007, and was once therefore suspended from Cricket Scotland’s Corridor of Reputation.

Blain’s case was once one among a lot of referrals that stemmed from an unbiased assessment in July 2022 that discovered Cricket Scotland to be institutionally racist and resulted in the resignation of the board. Alternatively, following a year-long investigation – performed collectively via two legislation corporations and Carrying Equals, the race inclusion charity – the declare has been rejected, with ESPNcricinfo figuring out that the majority of incidents cited will even haven’t any case to respond to.

On January 12, the intervening time Cricket Scotland CEO Pete Fitzboydon wrote to Blain to substantiate that the allegations towards him had been “unfounded” and that no additional motion could be taken. On the time, Blain was once requested to stay that judgment confidential, to allow the board to keep in touch the scoop to the complainers.

Now, on the other hand, after what he described as “5 months of extend and prevarication”, he has selected to head public with a scathing critique of the method and his accusers. “To explain the best way sportscotland and Cricket Scotland to start with treated that record as a ‘kangaroo courtroom’ is an insult to marsupials in every single place,” Blain wrote in a submit on X/Twitter.

“It is evident to me that, fairly than put up this very transparent and detailed judgement which absolutely exonerates me, Cricket Scotland is as soon as once more operating fearful of the small “anti-racist” cabal which has exerted this kind of malign affect over our recreation,” he added. “My lifestyles has been on hang for too lengthy and it is time that in actual fact after all instructed about one of the most largest carrying scandals of new occasions.”

Addressing Majid and Qasim, whose testimony shaped the root of the damning 2022 record “Converting the Limitations” that resulted in the costs being levelled, Blain expressed his disbelief that they’d make “such false and disgraceful accusations” after he had given each males “really extensive give a boost to all over their careers”.

“If he really believed I used to be a racist, why did Majid take a look at so onerous to influence me to sign up for his membership, Clydesdale, as skilled player-coach in 2015, 8 years after he claimed I might used a racist observe, and likewise really helpful me to a string of Asian avid gamers for one-to-one training,” Blain mentioned.

“Likewise, if Qasim actually believed I used to be a racist, why did he search me out for one-to-one training in 2014 to assist him regain his Scotland position – one thing I gladly did without cost?”

Blain added that the inquiry’s findings often known as into query the legitimacy of his ECB sanction – a reprimand and £2500 superb imposed via the Cricket Self-discipline Fee in Would possibly 2023 following Azeem Rafiq’s testimony about his remedy all over his time at Yorkshire. Blain, together with 5 different former avid gamers on the membership, refused to take part in a procedure that he described on the time as “irredeemably incorrect”.

“Crucially, the in-depth Scottish investigation didn’t settle for Majid’s allegation that I had used the P-word all over a excursion to Kenya in 2007,” Blain mentioned. “That is the very same allegation the England and Wales Cricket Board panel used to give a boost to their discovering towards me.

“Majid’s false allegation was once used as corroboration of Azeem Rafiq’s similarly unfaithful allegation and was once central to the ECB verdict towards me, which should now be deemed unsafe.

“What is worse, the ECB tribunal said that as a result of I had no longer engaged with their incorrect procedure, they had been entitled to conclude that I had no resolution to the allegations towards me … their reasoning was once lazy and made no try to reconcile Majid’s account with the contradictory proof of 4 different witnesses.”

In reaction, an ECB spokesperson insisted that the CDC procedure were “intensive and thorough”, and that Blain were given each and every alternative to shield himself all over the complaints.

“The Cricket Self-discipline Fee upheld the price towards John Blain for the use of racist language at Yorkshire in or round 2010 and 2011 after taking into consideration all of the proof ahead of it, together with Mr Blain’s defence and quite a lot of supporting witness statements filed via him (thru his then prison workforce) ahead of he withdrew from the method. He declined the chance to look ahead of the fee to shield himself in particular person.”

ESPNcricinfo has approached Cricket Scotland for remark.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo. @miller_cricket



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