Nujum Sports and ECB agree on partnership to support Muslim inclusion in cricket | Cricket News

Last updated: 06/14/22 09:19 am

Nujum Sports and the ECB have announced a formal partnership that will develop and guide Muslim inclusion in cricket through training, education and practical guidance.

Nujum Sports aims to foster a culture of educational excellence for Muslim athletes. It supports sports clubs, local and national organizations and national sports federations through training workshops and educational services.

According to Azeem Rafiq and others across cricket, the entire game was focused on delivering a far-reaching plan of action, agreed in November 2021, to tackle racism and promote inclusion and diversity at all levels of the sport.

Nujum has spent the last year advising the ECB, providing guidance and direction on the specific support needed for Muslim cricketers throughout the year.

The Muslim Athletes Charter, launched in 2021, is one of Nujum Sports’ core initiatives. Through the charter, Nujum has achieved improvements in training, education and practical guidance for Muslim athletes in a range of sports.

Nujum Sports and the ECB’s partnership will have a direct focus on the needs of Muslim players and communities, from grassroots sport to elite cricket, alongside broader training programs for staff, players and clubs.

Commenting on the partnership, Ebadur Rahman, Founder and CEO of Nujum Sports said: “Cricket deserves to be loved and played by everyone. Equity, diversity and inclusion are not checklists to tick off, but tools to help us in today’s increasingly demanding world. Cricket changes the lives of everyone involved in it. We’re proud to partner with ECB to not only make this game loved by our communities, but make it a gateway for our communities to excel. Muslim athletes across the country need to see leadership and support, with the ECB we aim to deliver that and more.”

Kate Miller, ECB’s Chief Diversity and Communications Officer, added: “Over the last year Nujum Sports has supported the ECB, particularly in preparing for Ramadan, helping us to provide many clubs and players with practical advice and guidance to support.

“It is vital for us to ensure cricket is open, inclusive and accessible to people of all faiths. Working with organizations like Nujum will allow us to learn more, connect better and challenge ourselves to continually improve our work around equity, diversity and inclusion.” ‘

Moeen Ali, England’s all-rounder and Nujum Sport Ambassador, said: “Throughout my time in this beautiful sport I’ve seen the ups and downs, without my faith it would have been a great fight. It is time we recognized the value of allowing Muslim cricketers to be who they are and allowing them to come together in this family with a sense of trust and confidence.”

Nujum Sports Communications Director Jameel Rasheed added: “Our aim is to ensure that cricket, like all sports, is open to all. Muslim athletes, communities and grassroots Muslim cricket must be recognized and understood. We hope with the help of the ECB’s localized EDI action plans, we will be able to eliminate discrimination and enhance the inclusion our communities need to thrive.”

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