The sociodemographic profile of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) talent pathways and first-class counties: considering the British South Asian player

Brown, Tom and Khawaja, Irfan and Powell, Alun and Greetham, Paul and Gough, Lewis A and Kelly, Adam L. (2021) The sociodemographic profile of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) talent pathways and first-class counties: considering the British South Asian player. Managing Sport and Leisure. pp. 1-15. ISSN 2375-0472

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aimed to examine the sociodemographic profile of youth and professional cricketers in England and Wales, with a particular focus on the British South Asian (BSA) player.
Approach: Sociodemographic data was collected via an England and Wales Cricket Board survey to identify participants’ relative access to wealth via school type attended (i.e., state and private school) and ethnicity (i.e., White British, BSA, and Other). Divided across three groups, findings were compared against expected distributions based on national norms:
Findings: Results highlighted socio-economic and racial biases, predominantly favouring privately educated and white cricketers at both youth and professional levels. Specifically, whilst BSA cricketers were over-represented when compared to national norms at youth level, results indicated a reverse effect at PS whereby BSAs become under-represented.
Practical Implications: Highlighting disparities in socio-economic and racial representation provides justification for key stake holders to evaluate current practices and move towards building interventions to eradicate such biases.
Research Contribution: This paper provides a quantitative analysis of the sociodemographic profile for elite cricket in England and Wales. Subsequently this study can be referred to as quantitative rationale for future research to investigate systemic bias in elite sport.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/23750472.2021.1949382
Date: 12 July 2021
Uncontrolled Keywords: Talent identification; Talent development; Youth cricket; Professional cricket; Relative access to wealth; Ethnicity
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Life and Sport Sciences (C-LASS)
Depositing User: Lewis Gough
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2021 16:12
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2021 16:12
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12138

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