Equity & Diversity Group 

Vision statement 
‘To have a zero-tolerance policy to racism and all types of discrimination in the game of cricket in the YCSPL, whilst being an example to other leagues and networks within the game. To drive diversity and equity within cricket, and to make cricket an equitable and diverse and accessible game for all.’ 
Purpose of the group 
The purpose of the group is to: 
• Provide representation to the YCSPL on issues, challenges and opportunities regarding equity and diversity 
• Develop a complementary vision and strategy with the YCSPL for the development of equity and diversity across the whole of the league 
• Be a recognised stakeholder group that the YCSPL League Executive Board can consult and collaborate with on strategy, action plans and resources 
• Advocate and model good practice in equity and diversity to ensure that its fits within both the ECB and YCSPL aims and objectives 
• Work in collaboration with the ECB, YCB and YCSPL to support the development and implementation of any national or regional initiatives 
• Create more opportunities for all communities to engage with cricket, whether playing, supporting, or working in the game 
• Endeavour to remove the barriers to involvement and participation in cricket for all players, coaches and volunteers 
• Help build strong relationships between all cricket communities, ECB, Yorkshire Cricket, our clubs, and the cricket network in general 
• To use cricket to make a positive difference to communities and help bring the game together as one 
Group members 
Milton Samuels 
Group chairman and joint representative to the League Executive Board 
Milton has been involved with Sheffield Caribbean CC for over 50 years as player, captain, scorer and club manager. He is widely respected in the cricket community, not only for his service to SCCC but for his dedication to junior coaching and BAME involvement. As the chair of the Equity & Diversity group, Milton’s vision is to promote a zero-tolerance policy towards racism and all discrimination in the YCSPL, whilst being an example to other leagues and networks within the game. He is committed to driving forward diversity and equality within cricket, and to make cricket an equitable and diverse game for all. Outside cricket, Milton worked in the probation service for 35 years before retirement, in his later years specialising in race, diversity and community engagement issues. 
Shaaiq Choudhry 
Joint representative to the Premier Section 
Shaaiq currently plays at Sheffield Collegiate CC, having enjoyed a professional career with Warwickshire CCC and Worcestershire CCC. Born in Rotherham, this is his third season at Sheffield Collegiate CC, and he has played for a number of our clubs over the last 20 years. Shaaiq is keen to give something back to the local community and sees the group as a great opportunity to do something that could really benefit those from the ethnic minority backgrounds, whilst also raising awareness amongst those that are not. Shaaiq is a software test engineer working for a consultancy that is working a large project for the Home Office. He loves working out in the gym and I’m a keen follower of boxing and mixed martial arts - although he definitely would not take part in either! 
Afraz Khan 
Joint Senior Section representative 
Afraz Khan has been involved with cricket for over 25 years. For the past 12 years he has held the position of league secretary for Allama Iqbal Sunday Cricket, helping establish and develop South Asian Cricket. He has played in the midweek Alliance, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire leagues for various clubs. Afraz says, “I am currently in the process of gaining my Level 2 coaching qualification, so that I can help and develop the under 13’s and 11’s in Allama Iqbal. I want to give back as much as I can to younger players, so that they share my love and passion for our game.” 
Hedar Rasool 
Hedar Rasool plays with Oughtibridge WMCC. He has been playing cricket as his main sport since the age of 11; he played age group cricket for Yorkshire, and has had a successful career in league cricket for nearly 30 years. Hedar also plays football and badminton at a good level, and is a teacher by profession. A family man, he also enjoys socialising with friends and family. Hedar joined the group to make a difference by helping tackle issues of racism and ensuring that the League is equitable for everyone. He hopes to help the group move forward by educating people, promoting justice and reviving the faith of all players the system. 
Jason Booth 
Group administrator and joint representative to the Premier Section 
Jason is the first team captain at Barnsley Woolley Miners CC. He has played senior club cricket for over 35 years after a brief spell at YCCC academy. He played second XI for Kent CCC and has had a great career with Yorkshire clubs including Barnsley, Elsecar, Methley, and Whitley Hall, and has now been back at Barnsley for the past 10 seasons. Jason says, “I am always keen on initiatives that will benefit local cricket and this is one of those! It is important that we provide club environments that welcome people and promote fairness and equality for all.” Jason is the Chief Operations Officer at the Grounds Management Association – a not-for-profit membership organisation that trains and educates grounds managers at all levels. Aside from cricket, Jason enjoys watching most sports, and has a small share in a racehorse. 
Aneela Khalil-Khan 
Aneela Is an avid cricket lover, and played cricket at a young age at school. Due to limited opportunities for women and girls, she resorted to just watching cricket until joining the womens & girls team at SCCC in 2019. She is now training for her level 2 coaching badge. Aneela says, “Being a female from a BAME background, I often found it hard to play and practice cricket due to the limited opportunities. However, this has changed vastly and openings have increased. I am passionate about equality and fairness and this should be translated into every club and every sport.” Aneela is a Detective Inspector with South Yorkshire Police, investigating serious and complex crime within South Yorkshire. Outside work and cricket, Aneela enjoys travelling, organising events and spending time with family and friends. 
Irfan Mirza 
Joint Senior Section representative 
Irfan is currently Director of Cricket at Rotherham Town. He has been involved in Yorkshire cricket as a player for over 20 years, in which time he has played for no fewer than eight current YCSPL clubs. He has been involved in promoting different sports within the South Asian community both locally and nationally and has participated in the Sunday South Asian Cricket leagues, such as Quaid-e-Azam Premier Cricket League and the Alama Iqbal Cricket league. He is also an ECB-accredited level 2 coach. Irfan says, “My aim will be to address inequalities and develop understandings within our communities to ensure we can overcome under-representation.” 
Nelson Windle 
Joint League Executive Board representative 
Nelson Windle is third team captain at Whitley Hall CC. After spending 14 years at Sheffield Caribbean, he has been with Whitley Hall for the last seven. Nelson says that, “I want to make the game I love to be accessible to everyone no matter their race, religion, gender or culture.” Off the field, Nelson is an engineer for Sheffield-based B. Braun Medical, one of the world's leading providers and manufacturers of healthcare solutions. Nelson specialises in the repair and maintenance of surgical endoscopes and infusion pumps. His other sporting love is football, and he is a season ticket holder at Bramall Lane. 
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