Morgan wants England to tackle racism 'head on'

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DUBAI, Nov 5 (Reuters) - England's limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan wants the cricket committee to tackle the Yorkshire racism enactment "head on", insisting determination was nary spot for immoderate benignant of favoritism against immoderate player.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has been rocked by erstwhile subordinate Azeem Rafiq's allegation of racism astatine Yorkshire County Cricket Club, which has been suspended from hosting planetary oregon large matches.

Club president Roger Hutton has resigned implicit their handling of allegations made past twelvemonth by erstwhile England under-19 skipper Rafiq who is of Pakistani descent. work much

"I deliberation if they're matters of an utmost oregon superior quality similar these are, they request to beryllium met caput on, and for america arsenic a team, that's precisely what we privation to see," Morgan told a quality league up of Saturday's Twenty20 World Cup contention against South Africa.

"We firmly judge that determination is nary spot successful our athletics for immoderate benignant of discrimination.

"I deliberation the actions of ECB committee to Yorkshire person indicated however superior they are astir dealing with issues similar this ... evidently those actions talk louder than words."

Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance, who said helium had utilized racist connection towards his erstwhile squad mate Rafiq, has been indefinitely suspended from England selection.

Asked for his view, Morgan said: "I deliberation the determination that was taken astatine the commencement of past summertime successful a akin lawsuit with Ollie Robinson is accordant with the board's determination with Gary Ballance."

Fast bowler Robinson was suspended from planetary cricket successful June for humanities racist and sexist tweets.

Morgan said his team, who often instrumentality a genu earlier matches successful an anti-racism gesture, were trying to usher successful a change.

"For astir apt the past 2 to 3 years, our civilization has been built astir inclusivity and diversity. It's really been rather a beardown portion of our game," the 35-year-old said.

"For that play of clip successful particular, we've been progressive astir talking and actioning things that amusement meaningful change."

"It's not perfect, but we're making bully crushed towards alteration that we privation implemented."

Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty successful Dubai; editing by Robert Birsel

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