Ebony Rainford-Brent: Former England women’s captain receives racist letter

Image copyright PA Image caption Ebony Rainford-Brent played for England in 2014 A former England woman’s cricket captain has revealed that she has received a racist letter from a former team-mate. Ebony Rainford-Brent said…

Ebony Rainford-Brent: Former England women's captain receives racist letter

Image copyright PA Image caption Ebony Rainford-Brent played for England in 2014

A former England woman’s cricket captain has revealed that she has received a racist letter from a former team-mate.

Ebony Rainford-Brent said former fast bowler Sachin Vasal sent the note and is “despicable”, the Guardian newspaper reported.

She shared it on Twitter saying: “What on earth went through his head?!”

Vasal played for Sussex during Rainford-Brent’s 2015-16 international career.

Rainford-Brent also wrote: “How has this happened in this day and age? Imagine the lack of respect if I sent this to you?”

At the time, she was club captain of Sussex.

That ended in February 2016 when she was appointed interim coach of Worcestershire, a role she still holds.

Worcestershire later confirmed that Vasal had been sacked by the club after a file about the matter was handed to the ECB.

A Sussex spokesperson declined to comment when contacted by BBC Sport.

Match officials could rule on the contents of the letter

On Thursday, the international cricket body said it will check the contents of a letter written by former Sussex paceman Sachin Vasal.

Vasal was recently dismissed by the club following “an internal investigation into allegations of breach of discipline”.

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes said the decision was taken after an internal investigation.

The BBC was told in the letter from a former Sussex team-mate that Vasal was racially “harassed” by the team and all-rounder Chris Jordan and opened racist words towards Rainford-Brent, who is currently Sussex’s interim head coach.

The England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement: “The ECB has been made aware of the allegations contained in a letter received by a Sussex player, to which the player was responding.

“The matter has been referred to the ECB’s Anti-Social Behaviour and Discrimination Department and the investigations are at an early stage.

“The ECB will not tolerate any form of behaviour that is anti-social or discriminatory, and will fully investigate and deal with such matters where they occur.”

Last year, England women’s cricket captain Heather Knight revealed that she had received a letter from a member of the public saying she should be shot.

Knight refused to reopen the matter and it was referred to the ECB’s Anti-Social Behaviour and Discrimination Department.

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