The prime minister, Rishi Sunak, spoke with Eastern Eye on the fringes of a religious event in Cambridge on Tuesday (15).
He is well-known for being a cricket fan, and he praised the ECB for starting an inquiry into racism in the game.
“What I think me having this job is living proof of our country and how it approaches these issues.
“I’ve spoken about this in the past and some of the things that happened to me, when I was younger, I’m pretty confident saying I don’t think would happen to my kids today, which is a sign of the progress that we’ve made as a country.
“We should always strive to do better, and I was talking about cricket, which is a sport that I love dearly, as I’m sure many of your readers and many people here do.
“To read about that sport, in the way that it was described, and the racism that people had experienced was incredibly sad.
“It’s the ECB whose job it is to take the actions that are required to improve things which they are doing.
“They commissioned the report in the first place, which was a good step, and the government will rightly hold them to account for delivering on it.”
Eastern Eye has been at the forefront of a campaign examining institutional, structural and systemic racism in Britain.