The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has been sued by former umpires John Holder and Ismail Dawood for alleged racial discrimination during their time in the board’s employment, a report said.

The duo had accused the ECB of institutional racism and demanded an independent inquiry into the lack of match officials from ethnic minority groups in the country last month.

“Holder lodged his claim at the London central office of the employment tribunal two days before Christmas,” according to a report in The Guardian.

A former Hampshire cricketer, Holder has officiated in 11 Tests and 19 ODIs in a career spanning almost three decades. “The legal action against the ECB relates to his employment as a first class umpire between 1983 and 2009.

“Holder was dropped from the ECB’s Test match list in 1991, a few weeks after he reported an incident of alleged ball-tampering by an England player…

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