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Zafar Ansari, a pupil at Blackstone Chambers, is one of four Commissioners appointed to the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC).

The ICEC was set up by the England and Wales Cricket Board to examine issues concerning inequality and discrimination in the sport and is expected to complete its work in summer 2022. The ICEC will focus in particular on race, gender and class within cricket, examining, amongst other things, the pathways into the sport and barriers to access that currently exist. The full terms of reference can be found here. In addition to Zafar, the other Commissioners are Sir Brendan Barber, deputy chair of the Financial Services Culture Board, Dr Michael Collins, an associate professor of modern British history at UCL, and Michelle Moore, a leadership coach, consultant and former athlete with extensive experience leading initiatives at the intersection of sport and social change.  

“This is a critical time for equality in sport and wider society; for making changes that matter and that make a real and lasting difference,” said ICEC Chair Cindy Butts. “I am thrilled to bring together this team of Commissioners, with their expertise across cricket, equalities, sport, leadership and organisational change and their determination and commitment to making cricket a sport for all.”

Along with Blackstone’s three other pupils, Zafar has recently been offered tenancy and will commence practice in September on the successful completion of his pupillage. Before he was called to the Bar, Zafar was a professional cricketer who played for Surrey and England.

Further information can be found here.

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