‘I don’t think the penalty for doping or corruption should be any different for racism’: West Indies captain Jason Holder urges cricket to ramp up punishments for racist abuse as he insists players need to be educated in lead-up to matches
- Jason Holder wants cricket to issue stricter punishments for racist abuse
- West Indies captain says racism should be treated like doping and match-fixing
- Holder adds that players should be educated on racism before series start
- Last year Pakistan’s Sarfaraz Ahmed got a four-match ban for racist remark
West Indies captain Jason Holder wants racism to be treated as seriously as doping and match-fixing in cricket, the 28-year-old has said.
Then Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was slapped with a four-match ban last year for a racist remark aimed at South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo.
Earlier this month, former West Indies captains Darren Sammy and Chris Gayle said they have experienced racist abuse and threw their weight behind the Black Lives Matters campaign.
Jason Holder wants racism to be treated as seriously as doping and match-fixing in cricket
‘I don’t think the penalty for doping or corruption should be any different for racism,’ Holder told BBC Sport.
‘If we’ve got issues within our sport, we must deal with them equally.’
Under the anti-racism code of the governing International Cricket Council (ICC), a third breach of the code by a player could lead to a life ban.
The West Indies captain says that teams should be briefed about race issues before series
The sanction for a first offence by a player can be up to a ban for four tests or eight limited-overs matches.
Holder said teams should be briefed about race issues before the start of any series.
‘In addition to having anti-doping briefings and anti-corruption briefings, maybe we should have an anti-racism feature before we start a series,’ the all-rounder said.
‘My message is more education needs to go around it.
‘I’ve not experienced any racial abuse first hand but have heard or seen a few things around it. It’s something you just can’t stand for.’
England will consider a joint anti-racism protest with West Indies during the three-test series between the sides next month.
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