The WDCU held a meeting of all its Committees and Disciplinary & Appeals Panel last night to discuss the Plan4Sport “Changing the Boundaries” review (the “Review“). The meeting was held as soon as practicable after the publication of the Review.
The WDCU thanks everyone who came forward to share their experiences of racism in the game in the west of Scotland, and sincerely, and unreservedly, apologises to everyone who has experienced racism, or other forms of discrimination, during their involvement with cricket in WDCU competitions, and at WDCU member clubs. The WDCU welcomes that the Review has brought into focus players’, officials’, and administrators’ experience of racism in our game. The only appropriate response is to take on board the recommendations of the Review, and work to ensure that cricket in the west of Scotland is run, and managed, in an effective, actively anti-racist, way that allows the sport, and its administration, to reflect the wide diversity of the playing population.
The WDCU fully accepts the findings of the Review, which is the first stage in the process, and will now engage with sportscotland and Cricket Scotland in the next phase to implement fully the Review’s recommendations.
The WDCU is dismayed by the Review’s finding that there was “little confidence in the WDCU’s ability to manage cases of racism fairly and transparently”, but fully accepts, and respects, that finding. The finding demonstrates a lack of confidence in the current WDCU leadership, and effectively revokes the mandate given to WDCU office bearers when they were last elected.
The WDCU Committees and Disciplinary & Appeals Panel Panel wholeheartedly endorse the need to allow our member clubs to establish leadership in which they have confidence by facilitating whatever changes in leadership they, acting on behalf of their memberships, desire. To this end, the Committees unanimously agreed that all office bearers and committee members will step down from their positions at the earliest practicable opportunity. In practical terms, this means that:
Those whose function is suspended (the Disciplinary & Appeals Committee, and Panel), and any others who can practicably do so, will step down immediately.
To ensure that the WDCU continues to function, the remaining office bearers, and committee members, will continue to serve in the meantime until an EGM can be held in line with the WDCU Constitution.
All involved recognise, and applaud, the bravery of those who have stepped forward to share their experiences of racism in our game, and acknowledge the damage racism causes to its victims, sport, and society in general. The WDCU is committed to working for, and with, its membership in any way necessary to ensure that the bad experiences of the past are not repeated in the future.
The Executive and Committees of the WDCU 27 July 2022
sportscotland, today, released the “Changing the boundaries” report, the report of the independent review into racism in Scottish cricket. It can be viewed online, here, and its key findings are summarised on the sportscotland website, which can be viewed here. The WDCU has made contact with Cricket Scotland in connection with the recommendations of the report, and will work with the national governing body, and sportscotland, going forward in the aftermath of the report.
Members of the Executive Committee were pleased to meet again with counterparts from the Running Out Racism organisation yesterday. This second meeting continued the helpful dialogue established between the bodies late last year, Paul Reddish and Kash Taank representing Running Out Racism, and Mark Colman, Tim Hart. and Keith Young attending on behalf of the WDCU.
A copy of the recent WDCU AGM 2021 is available by accessing this link (passcode:$x^6C?18). A copy of the chatroom discussions are available here.
Please note that access to the recording and chatroom is for information purposes only – and the recording, and chatroom content, should not be downloaded, copied or shared without the express prior permission of WDCU.
Partick’s tremendous season continued apace at the weekend when they became the 2018 Premier Reserve League champions. Many congratulations for the remarkable effort to go through the season undefeated.
They had to wait a mammoth 51 years for this success but it was worth it. Congratulations to Ferguslie CC on winning the 2018 Premier Division. A tremendous team performance, and thoroughly well deserved!!
The second terrific final of the week resulted in a last over victory in the Greenwood Trophy for West of Scotland CC’s second string Partick. Unlike last week, the weather was kind and the crowd at Albert Park were treated to some excellent cricket. Congratulations to Partick.
The WDCU’s CMC has, today, contacted member clubs to advise that Eid al-Fitr, the conclusion of Ramadan, is expected to occur on Saturday the 16th of June 2018. In light of this, clubs may seek a postponement of matches on that date only, with the agreement of their opponents. Any such postponement must be agreed by the clubs and notified to the Administrator no later than Tuesday the 5th of June 2018.
Paul Reddish writes, “I am looking for some help to make this year’s ‘Last man stands’ Glasgow league even bigger and bigger than last year. I am looking for umpires to assist with the smooth running of matches – with matches due to start later this month. Anyone interested in helping out should contact me directly. Please note that there is reimbursement (£20 per match) available.”
At last nights EGM Administrator Iain Murdoch mentioned a number administration matters. These are summarised below.
Clubs are asked to ensure that their contact email addresses are accurate and up-to-date. The current list that that the Administrator has is in the Document Centre section of website under Club Contacts.
The First Division has returned to a ten-team division, and the CMC has announced that there will, therefore, be relegation from this Division in line with the guidelines set out in the Saturday League administration document.
The CMC also requires completed forms for all players who will be registered as a Professionals or Overseas Amateurs to be sent to it (via the Administrator) prior to them being eligible to play in any competitive WDCU game. If a club’s Professional or Overseas Amateur is not on the WDCU website list, or is listed with a red asterisk (*), then the CMC has not received the appropriate completed form.
Match returns will be done using the same system as used in Scottish Cup. Instructions on how to submit results are available within the system. Any clubs encountering problems should contact the Administrator. The team name to use is the name of the club, and passwords are set to a default of “password”. Clubs are asked to ensure that they change this password once they access the system. The system is open for practising with, and will remain so until Wednesday the 26th of April. Clubs should feel free to add in mock results, etc. until that date. After the 26th, the system will be reset to its live status.
Deadlines for completing Match returns, summary and full scorecards, and Captains Reports are also on the website in the Match return deadlines section.
Clubs should note that there remains an issue with what D/L system is to be used in season 2017. Clarification of this will be communicated to clubs by next week and the Playing conditions updated to reflect the decision.
Clubs with queries on any of the above matters should feel free to contact the Administrator (07816-400562).
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