For too long this has gone on, and no one in the media has had the courage to speak out.
I can’t stand by anymore, I need to talk about it.
We all know the reason Adil Rashid is not playing for England, and it shouldn’t be hidden away.
It is because England discriminate against leg spinners.
Talk to anyone in English cricket and they talk about legspinners like they all have an attitude or behavioural problem.
The coaches say they are hard to deal with.
The other players say they can’t be trusted.
And the selectors believe they are weak under pressure.
This sort of ugly discrimination is doing nothing for English cricket, and the ECB should act.
English cricket should be for everyone, and not just for those who happen to be born as non leg spinners.
No one should be treated differently just because it comes out the back of their hands. That aint right.
These legists need to be outed from the English cricket culture, so that all players, regardless of their wrist spin, can make it to the top level.
This sort of institutional bigotry should not be tolerated, and if the ECB won’t clean out these old school idiots, then the ICC should ban them from the world of cricket for a few years until they learn to use all their players, and not just the non wrist spinning ones.
If you have a son or daughter in England right now who bowls wrist spin, tell them to switch to cricket’s rubbish skill, finger spin, because I can’t see how this archaic cricket institution will ever change.
Cricket is not a game for everyone in the UK, just the lucky few.