Written by Staff Writer
By Martina Igacs, CNN
African Americans and Asians were among the first black and Asian men to play cricket when the sport was first played in Britain in the 1830s.
But after this, many of the first black, Asian and black migrants left England for South Africa, India and Australia, all countries that forced migrants and refugees to white-only sports halls.
A major cricket test match in Newport, Wales, last week attracted global media attention, including a report from the BBC
The reports highlighted how prejudice within the sport denied blacks a place on the playing field and forced others to leave.
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England has had an eventful past year. Not only did West Indies fans walk out of the Oval wearing black masks to protest against racist abuse, but the new stadium in Cardiff, Wales, became the first ground in the world to hold an all-women’s match last November.
A declaration of a World Peace Cricket Group was also passed last summer. The action group seeks to foster greater respect for all sports, including cricket.
Leading the way
South Africa has introduced mandatory anti-racism training for players, members of media and the public.
England’s anti-racism campaign, Kick It Out, offers “I Will” — a programme that encourages black and Asian players and fans to speak out on racism.
Celebrities have also taken up the cause. Mike Ashley, the owner of Newcastle United, which has a large ethnic minority fan base, has pledged to reach out to black and Asian fans. He has also donated £3 million ($4.4 million) to efforts to tackle racism in football.
The event hosted in Newport, Wales, attracted media attention and raised awareness about the events in Cardiff.
Ashley has made several charitable donations to help identify and prevent racism.