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In the 2021 T20 World Cup, England started as one of the favourites. With an aggressive brand of cricket, they looked set to reach the final, until a five-wicket loss to New Zealand in the final four leg stalled their progress. Batting first, England scored 166/4 but could not defend the target as New Zealand took 19 overs to reach the target. Fast bowler Chris Jordan was the costliest for England as he conceded 31 runs in three overs. After that match, Jordan stated that he was on the receiving end of racist abuse.
Jordan recounts his experience in discussing personal experience and the change needed to tackle racial discrimination in cricket.
“Maybe six months ago in the World Cup semi-finals. And obviously, it didn’t come our way. And on social media, it was relentless for me. Twitter, Instagram, a lot of comments on my photos or in my direct messages and stuff because We lost in the World Cup game. And people thought I had a big part in that too,” Chris Jordan said in a video uploaded by England Cricket on social media.
Chris sits with Jordan’s first black president, David Lawrence @Gloscricket And @aceprogram Scholar Dylan, to discuss his experiences and the changes needed to tackle discrimination in sport.@RL_cricket , Changing Room | #ECB pic.twitter.com/IniW7PgWNo
— england cricket (@englandcricket) 22 July 2022
“From my point of view, the England team is as diverse as it is in terms of a team. I know I’ve made some, lifelong friends in that changing room. And it’s well led by people Morgie (Eoin Morgan) ), because our changing room is one of the most diverse. Real change will come from within, through real conversation, as some are unaware. It’s about continuing education.”
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