Chair of Cricket Scotland Anjan Luthra is travelling to the T20 World Cup where he will hold a series of high-profile meetings with officials from across the world of cricket.
During the visit Mr Luthra will meet the CEO of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Geoff Allardice, as well as senior figures from leading ICC member nations including England, Pakistan, India, Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe.
Mr Luthra has put tackling racism at the top of his personal agenda following publication of the Changing The Boundaries report and this issue will be central to his meeting schedule while in Australia. He will take the opportunity to speak with key partners about the issues facing Scottish cricket as he looks to build positive relationships across the sport.
In addition, the newly appointed chair is hoping the visit will help create new opportunities for Scotland’s men’s and women’s team to play abroad during the winter. He will also have discussions with several prospective commercial partners, while keeping in close contact with key stakeholders in Scotland via a series of virtual meetings.
Mr Luthra said: “There can be no escaping that this has been a challenging time for Scottish cricket. I was angry, frustrated and hurt when I read the Changing The Boundaries report. We need to address the problems we face, most importantly racism, and do so with intensity.
“This visit will allow me to speak to, and learn from, other cricketing nations on important issues such as racism, EDI and governance; areas where we need to do better. It will also provide me with an opportunity to reassure people that our future will be vastly different to the past.
“I want to develop positive relationships with cricketing boards across the globe and amplify the new vision and ambition of Cricket Scotland. I am a firm believer in collaboration and that is why I am planning to meet so many key partners over the coming days.
“I want to see Scottish cricket change for the better and in time become a leading nation on the global stage. That will of course take time and the meetings scheduled for during the T20 World Cup will be an important part of that process.”