Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaks about the experience of racism he faced while growing up in the United Kingdom during his special appearance at the Ashes Test match between England and Australia, held at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.
On the fourth day of the second Ashes Test on Saturday, he was interviewed on the BBC’s iconic ‘Test Match Special’ (TMS) radio show when he was asked about a recent independent report that found “widespread and deep-rooted” racism, sexism, elitism, and class-based bias at all levels of cricket and prompted an unqualified apology by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Responding to BBC Cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew’s question, Mr. Sunak stated, “I haven’t experienced that in cricket, but of course, I’ve experienced racism growing up. It stings you in a way that very few other things do. I’m in a job where I take criticism on a daily, hourly, and minute-by-minute basis. But racism stings you; it does hurt.”
Britain’s PM said that “the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) report had been hard to read and “really sad” for cricket lovers like him. All of us who love this game want it to be inclusive, open and accessible to absolutely everybody, to welcome people from all backgrounds, and to be a place where everyone can feel respected and supported.”