Nujum Sports, ECB agree on partnership to support inclusion of Muslims in cricket | Cricket News

“Our goal is to ensure that cricket, like all sports, is open to all. Muslim athletes, communities and Muslim mass cricket must be recognized and understood. We hope that with the help of the ECB we will be able to eliminate discrimination and increase inclusion “- Nujum Sports

Last updated: 14/06/22 9:51

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Nujum Sports and the ECB have announced a formal partnership that will develop and guide the involvement of Muslims in cricket

Nujum Sports and the ECB have announced a formal partnership that will develop and guide the involvement of Muslims in cricket

Nujum Sports and the ECB have announced a formal partnership that will develop and guide the involvement of Muslims in cricket through training, education and practical guidance.

Nujum Sports aims to promote a culture of educational achievement for Muslim athletes. It supports sports clubs, local and national organizations and national sports organizations through training seminars and educational services.

Following the testimony of Azim Rafik and others from all over cricket, the whole game focused on providing a comprehensive action plan, agreed in November 2021, to tackle racism and promote inclusion and diversity at all levels of sport.

Nujum spent the last year advising the ECB, providing guidance and guidance on the specific support required for Muslim cricketers throughout the year.

Moen Ali, Universal Athlete of England and Sports Ambassador to Nujum, said: “All this time in this beautiful sport I have witnessed ups and downs, without my faith it would have been a great struggle. It is time to recognize the value of allowing Muslim cricketers to be who they are and to allow them to reunite in this family with a sense of trust and confidence. “

England Universal Moen Ali (left) is Nujum's sports ambassador

England Universal Moen Ali (left) is Nujum’s sports ambassador

The Charter for Muslim Athletes, launched in 2021, is one of the main initiatives led by Nujum Sports. Through the Charter, Nujum has provided improvements in training, education and practical guidance for Muslim athletes in a number of sports.

Nujum Sports and the ECB’s partnership will provide a direct focus on the needs of Muslim players and communities, from mass play to elite cricket, along with broader training programs for staff, players and clubs.

Commenting on the partnership, Nujum Sports founder and CEO Ebadur Rahman said: “Cricket deserves to be loved and played by everyone. Justice, diversity and inclusion are not checklists that we need to tick off, but rather tools to help us in today’s eternally demanding world.

“Cricket changes the lives of everyone involved, we are proud to work with the ECB to make this game not only loved by our communities, but also a door for our communities to stand out. Muslim athletes across the country need to see leadership and support, and with the ECB we are working to deliver that and more. “

Kate Miller, Director General for Diversity and Communications at the ECB, added: “Over the last year, Nujum Sports has helped the ECB, especially in preparation for Ramadan, by helping us support many clubs and players with practical advice and guidance.

“Ensuring that cricket is open, inclusive and accessible to people of all religions is crucial to us. Working with organizations like Nujum will allow us to learn more, connect better and challenge ourselves to continually improve our work in equity, diversity and inclusion. “

Jamil Rashid, communications director for Nujum Sports, added: “Our goal is to ensure that cricket, like all sports, is open to all. With the ECB’s localized EDI action plans, we will be able to eliminate discrimination and increase the inclusion that our communities need to thrive. “

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