Four members of Cricket Scotland's equality and anti-racism working group have resigned with one saying he had “no confidence” in the current regime’s ability to tackle to issue.   

The four walked out in protest after Chairman Anjan Luthra said last week that progress was being made. 

This claim was rejected by anti-racism organisation, Running Out Racism, whose member on the Cricket Scotland board, Raza Sadiq, said the organisation was making “all the same mistakes of the past”.  

Scottish Cricket has been in crisis since an independent report found the governance of the organisation to be institutionally racist. 

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Among those who have resigned from the anti-racism working group is Scotland women's international Abtaha Maqsood. 

The others are businessman Imran Khan, academic Khadija Mohammed and Raza Sadiq, from Running Out Racism. 

The group was formed at the end of last year as part of a number of recommendations from the report that found 448 instances of racism in the sport. 

Mr Sadiq said that the group had only met once, and that it had been left “in limbo” ever since.  


Anjan Luthra 

In his resignation letter, he said: “The group is just there to tick a box in special measures, whilst you continue to make decisions which impact on our community outside of the scrutiny of the group. 

“I was shocked to learn this week that you had recently decided, with no consultation, to attempt to roll out a new equalities training programme to be rushed through before the start of the season. 

“The group were not even told about this intention, or given any opportunity to feed in to what is a critical part of the anti-racist response. It demonstrates complete disdain for the standing of this group, and confirms my fears that you are simply using us to be performative in public.” 

He added: “I can only hope this moment can be used to shine a mirror to Cricket Scotland’s board, that it’s current approach is making all the same mistakes of the past.  

“I really hope you can reflect appropriately, apologise authentically for this mess, and from this point forward do it the right way.  

“Sadly, it’s too late for me. I have no confidence in the current regime’s ability to do that, and want no further involvement. 

In his six-month update, Cricket Scotland chairman Anjan Luthra said he expected the progress being made on racism to lead to the lifting of special measures imposed by funding body Sportscotland. 

He said: "We will deliver the recommendations to a high standard and beyond. 

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"Our current trajectory means that we will exit special measures by October 31 and ensure Cricket Scotland continues its work towards becoming the most inclusive sport in the country over the long term." 

However, Running Out Racism said Cricket Scotland's claims that it had significantly improved its approach to equality, diversion and inclusion were "unsubstantiated nonsense". 

Former players Majid Haq and Qasim Sheikh, who were among those to raise concerns, have also been critical of what they see as a lack of progress.