Chambers makes accusations of racism in Essex

Maurice Chambers played his last first-class match in 2015 for Northants

Former Essex bowler Maurice Chambers has become the second player to say he suffered racist abuse at the club.

The 34-year-old, who was born in Jamaica, alleges he was repeatedly racially abused by two teammates and a senior coach in the county.

Chambers, who played for Essex from 2005 to 2013, told The Cricketer that he would “go home at the end of the day and cry.”

The allegations come after another former Essex player, Zoheb Sharif, claimed he suffered racist abuse in the club.

“It was humiliating. It was isolating. I never told anyone, but I would go home at the end of the day and cry. It made me very unhappy,” Chambers said.

He said that except on one occasion, when his mother reported an incident on his behalf, “he never reported anything” as “he was always concerned about being seen as a troublemaker.”

Essex CEO John Stephenson said he was “extremely disappointed to hear more historical racial accusations” that made for “harrowing reading.”

He said that neither person was involved with the club and had referred the matter to the Cricket Council of England and Wales (ECB).

“After learning of the allegations last night, I instantly contacted the former player to offer him the full support of the club,” Stephenson said.

“He has shown immense courage in coming forward and talking to us about the incidents he describes. I appreciate how difficult this must be for him.”

Dismayed ECB

In a statement, the ECB said it was dismayed by the behavior described by Chambers, which “no one should ever have to put up with.”

“There is absolutely no place for racism in cricket,” said an ECB spokesman.

“We regret that Maurice only felt comfortable speaking after his playing career ended and as a game we must ensure that he cannot prevail.

“We will investigate this along with the other allegations in Essex and applaud Maurice for his courage in coming forward.”

On Friday, Essex President John Faragher resigned after a allegation that he used racist language at a 2017 board meeting, which he denies.

Chambers has also made an accusation of racism against a teammate during his time in Northamptonshire, where he played between 2013 and 2015.

The player in question is no longer in the club.

“Racism is the antithesis of what the Northamptonshire County Cricket Club stands for,” said a statement from the club.

“The club is disappointed to hear Maurice’s experience and this clearly goes against the expectations we have for all Northamptonshire players and staff.”

Inspired by Rafiq

These latest allegations come in the wake of a racism scandal in Yorkshire that has taken over cricket.

A report found that former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq was the victim of “racial harassment and intimidation,” but the county said it would not discipline anyone, leading to widespread condemnation.

Chief Executive Mark Arthur and President Roger Hutton have since resigned.

“That’s why it feels so important to talk now,” Chambers said.

“I was inspired by the example of Azeem Rafiq and I want other players to have the courage to speak up and share their experiences.

“Only by letting people know about the things that are happening can we make a difference.”

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