Rooney Rule: ECB to implement BAME policy after South Asian study

UK: The England and Wales Cricket Board is to implement a ‘Rooney Rule’ for all coaching roles in the national men’s, women’s and disabled teams.
It means that at least one applicant from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds will be interviewed for future jobs.
That follows the biggest study the ECB has ever conducted into cricket in South Asian communities.
The Rooney Rule was implemented in the USA’s NFL in 2003.
Named after NFL diversity committee chairman Dan Rooney, it requires clubs in American football to interview at least one BAME candidate for each head coach or senior football operation vacancy.
The Football Association adopted a similar stance for positions in the England football set-up in January.
The study, which involved speaking to more than 600 people across the UK, has revealed that South Asian participation makes up 30% of the recreational game in the UK and 18% of the cricketing economy is contributed by fans of South Asian origin.
It also found that the biggest barrier to South Asian participation was access to facilities in urban areas.

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