Recordo Gordon on being told ‘racial prejudices’ would prevent him from making it at Warwickshire | Cricket News


Recordo Gordon: “I was thrilled to be the guy in the changing room, a guy who was known to not allow other conversations to happen because we could get along without ‘insulting’ racially.”

By Rob Jones

Last Updated: 26/11/21 6:50 am

Recordo Gordon spoke freely to Sky Sports News about his time in Warwickhire

Recordo Gordon spoke freely to Sky Sports News about his time in Warwickhire

Former pitcher Recordo Gordon believes his national team and team barred him from Warwickhire, having been told as a young player that “discrimination” could prevent him from moving to the area.

The 30-year-old, who made his debut in 2013, recalled that he had to stand up for other issues while at Warwickhire, and that modern culture in cricket rooms is not healthy.

Authorities in the region have spoken to Gordon about the reasons for racism in Yorkshire and the many Azeem Rafiq games, and say they are determined to improve the environment for anyone who visits Edgbaston.

“Sometimes it was written ‘this is what black people do’ and I was skeptical because I did not understand why black people were accusing me. , ”Gordon said Sky Sports News.

“People ask me why I do this. If I had to answer for all black people, it would be like saying that all whites are racists. I would be told to get off my horse and stop defending myself. And I would say ‘don’t you see what you are saying there?’

“This conversation is a bit confusing, and I say, ‘Just stop, because you want me to answer you, because it’s not everyone, why do you think I’m a terrorist or a terrorist. A terrorist?’

“I became that guy, and I was happy to be the guy in the changing room; the guy who was known to not let other conversations happen because we could get along without ‘laughing’ about race.”

Gordon began his cricket career at Handsworth in the heart of Birmingham and believes integration is needed as the ECB completes the process discussed at its Oval chair last Friday.

Gordon celebrates taking a wicket in Warwickhire Gordon celebrates taking a wicket in Warwickhire

Gordon celebrates taking a wicket in Warwickhire

The former athlete, who left Warwickhire in 2016, believes there is hope for the cricket team.

“You hear Warwickhire stories,” he said. “As soon as I left Handsworth Cricket Club to play Moseley, which was four or five episodes above, you were told ‘you can’t, Warwickhire is racist’.

“My father looked at me and said, ‘Listen, I don’t want you to tell me you can’t because of your race. You go there and give 110 percent and, if you fail, that’s it. Because your cricket failed’.

“Just as organizations are discriminated against, many children are encouraged by the many creative things that make them feel that there is no need to try too hard because I will never succeed.”

Warwickhire was the first to take Rooney Rule in the hunt for head coach before the appointment of Mark Robinson, but Gordon believes this should be done with caution.

“If a person is good enough regardless of their race or gender or culture (then) ask for the job,” Gordon said.

“If there are 50 European boys and an African coach they can’t do the job, and their CVs aren’t numerous, or their experiences aren’t numerous, (then) don’t invite them to a discussion.

“I think it can make people laugh and you probably won’t need it if you follow that path. Rooney’s rule is; is it a tick box thing or is it a real solution to the problem?”

Mark McCafferty, chairman of Warwickhire, said: “Everyone at Edgbaston has a lot of respect for Recordo and Stuart Cain, our boss, spoke to him to find out more about his experience as a player and how he thinks the Club can do well with our players.

“Warwickshire CCC is committed to showcasing the areas we serve at every level of play and is committed to tackling the many of the game ideas that Recordo mentions. Edgbaston should be a safe and open space and we will not allow anything.

Earlier this year Recordo began working with us on the ACE program, which aims to spark the interest of the sport in the black community of Birmingham, and has also worked with us as a regional consultant.

“As a five-year-old professional with the Bears and who helped us win the T20 Blast in 2014, Recordo can make a lot of money in cricket in Birmingham, Warwickhire and the West Midlands.

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