Third former cricket player makes racism allegations against Essex

Jahid Ahmed has become the third player to make allegations of racism against Essex Cricket Club.

He represented Essex in seven first-class matches between 2005 and 2009.

The medium-pace bowler follows Zoheb Sharif and Maurice Chambers who have made claims of discrimination against the team.

The 35-year-old described Essex as “a white man’s world where brown people were outsiders” after allegedly being asked by a team-mate if he was “going to bomb” the club.

According to Ahmed in an interview with The Cricketer, his voice was mocked and mimicked by both players and some members of the coaching staff and that he felt pressured to attend a team meeting in a pub while he was fasting during the month of Ramadan.

Following the allegations, Essex chief executive John Stephenson has released a statement vowing to investigate the claims thoroughly.

“I am disheartened to learn of these new historic racial allegations from a former player about several of his ex-teammates and a previous member of staff,” the statement began.

“The allegations reported to The Cricketer make difficult reading and they will be treated and investigated with the utmost seriousness.

“I have reached out to him to offer him our full support, and I hope he feels encouraged and comfortable enough to be a part of our imminent investigation.”

It continued: “At the end of last week, we announced that the club will be working with Katharine Newton QC to focus on these allegations which have recently come to light.

“It is clear as a sport there is a lot of work to be done, but we are moving in the right direction. The next period is going to be extremely difficult, especially for those sharing their experiences, but together we will come out the other side better for it.

“We pride ourselves on our multicultural and diverse values and we hope the outcome of the investigation will help us improve and develop us as people and as a club.”

Essex have already lost their chairman John Faragher after he resigned on November 11 following a claim he used racist language at a board meeting in 2017, which he strongly denied.

Cricket’s racism crisis continues to deepen following Azeem Rafiq’s harrowing claims of racial abuse during his time at Yorkshire Cricket Club and more players continue to come forward regrading their own horrific experiences.

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