A TRANENT and Preston Village cricketer was allegedly subjected to racial abuse from another player during a match in Fife last weekend.

The East of Scotland Cricket Association (ESCA) Division Six match on Saturday between TPV 2nds and Dunfermline and Carnegie was ended with 10 overs still to play after, as understood by the Courier, the player accused one of the Dunfermline players of making a racial comment.

The TPV player, who has remained anonymous, contacted a national newspaper, causing the Dunfermline side to release a statement regarding the incident.

It said: "Dunfermline & Carnegie Cricket Club is and always has been a multicultural club which does not condone racism in any form.

"As the result of the seriousness of the allegation made, as a club we have taken the necessary steps and removed the individual concerned from all roles within the club."

'We are aware'

The Courier contacted ESCA for comment, who said: "We are aware of an alleged incident and are awaiting full details.

"Any reported incident will be investigated in line with ESCA policies and Cricket Scotland Code of Conduct.

"We will not provide any further comment at this stage."

Last month, an independent review of cricket in Scotland found a total of 448 examples of institutional racism, with governing body Cricket Scotland failing 29 out of 31 indicators.

The review had been ordered following allegations made by former Scotland players Majid Haq and Qasim Sheikh in November, and the day before the report was released, the board of Cricket Scotland resigned.

In doing so, they stated: "We are all truly sorry and have apologised publicly to everyone who has experienced racism, or any other form of discrimination, in cricket in Scotland.”

The Courier has approached Tranent and Preston Village for comment.