Yorkshire County Cricket Club has committed to provide updates on the operation of the independent Whistleblowing Hotline which was set up in November 2021.
Since inception, as of 9 February 2022, the Club has received 69 complaints. Every Complainant has been contacted by the Sethi Investigation team. In total, 31 complaints did not fall within the Sethi Investigation’s Terms of Reference. 38 complaints fall within the Terms of Reference, of which 7 complaints have been voluntarily discontinued by the Complainant.
- 10 complaints were not made against YCCC. These Complainants have, wherever
possible, been given advice about where their complaint should be directed.
- Of the active complaints falling within the Terms of Reference, each Complainant has been invited to attend a formal investigation meeting with the Sethi Investigation Team.
- To date, 22 Complainants have already attended an investigation meeting.
- These investigation meetings have clarified the complaints and have identified further
steps necessary to progress the Investigation.
Mr Sethi QC is Head of the Employment Team at Littleton Chambers and Chair of the Employment Law Bar Association. He is a leading expert in discrimination and whistleblowing in the world of elite sports, and recently conducted an independent investigation for British Gymnastics into complaints brought by Olympians.
Anyone wishing to lodge a formal complaint about any form of discrimination that they have suffered as a result of any act or omission of the Club can do so using a dedicated email address: [email protected].
Professor The Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Chair of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, said: “I would like to personally thank all of those that have come forward via the hotline. Without their experiences, we cannot hope to fully understand the situation and culture at Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
“We have made strong progress as a Club but we know we are on a journey that is far from over. It is through the bravery of those who come forward that we can continue to learn and push for change to create a club is inclusive and welcoming for people from all backgrounds.”