Queerty is better as a member

Log in | Register
reactions

How Has The Cricket League Responded To Steven Davies’ Coming Out?

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Andy Wilson, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 28th February 2011 22.44 UTC

 

Steven Davies has received congratulations from present and former county and international team-mates, captains and even Stephen Fry for becoming the first English cricketer to announce his homosexuality during his career. But none could empathise with him quite like Alan Hansford.

Hansford, who had four seasons with Sussex from 1989-92, outed himself in slightly lower-profile circumstances in the spring of 2008, suggesting in an email exchange with his former Combined Universities captain Mike Atherton which appeared on the Times website that “there can’t be too many accountants who dismissed you twice in a first-class match”.

Hansford had other matters on his mind when he learned of Davies’s announcement, as he was preparing for his father’s funeral on Tuesday. But he did send a message of support via text: “Good luck to Steve Davies – he has done the hard bit.”

That reaction was echoed on Twitter by the Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale, who is away with the England Lions in Barbados – where homosexuality is illegal, although the island is regularly described as having one of the largest gay populations in the Caribbean. “Good on Stevie D, good bloke, takes some bottle,” Gale tweeted. “Good role model, you are who you are, others may be more confident to come out now.”

Vikram Solanki, the chairman of the Professional Cricketers’ Association who was Davies’s captain for his five seasons at Worcestershire until the latter’s move to Surrey last summer, added: “Steve has the full support of all his colleagues in cricket. Many of those he plays with and against have known about this for some time and none of them regard it as anything other than an entirely personal matter.”

In India Ian Bell and the coach Andy Flower spoke on behalf of the England squad. “We knew before the Ashes series,” said Bell. “That didn’t change anything for us. He is a very popular guy in our team. We’re all with him, and the more cricket he can play for England the better. He is a good mate of mine and that doesn’t change absolutely anything.”

Flower, the first person to whom Davies opened up ahead of the Ashes tour, added: “I would like to make it very clear that Steve is first and foremost a very talented cricketer and a valued member of the England set-up. Steve has had and will continue to have the full respect and support of the entire squad and everyone involved in England cricket. I have no doubt that he will continue to work hard to regain a place in the England squad.”

Fry was, predictably, pithier. “Brave, charming, modest and inspiring,” he said. “No big deal yet of course a huge deal. Top man Steven Davies.”

guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010

By:           Queerty Editor
On:           Mar 2, 2011
Tagged: , , , , ,
  • 3 Comments
    • McMike
      McMike

      And the world gets a little better…

      Mar 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Marcus
      Marcus

      I’m not the least be surprised at the response. Very good, indeed.

      Mar 2, 2011 at 3:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Riker
      Riker

      Cricket has always been a very civilized sport, so i’m not at all surprised that the reaction is positive. Cricket has none of the machismo and hooliganism of, say, football.

      Mar 2, 2011 at 4:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

    Add your Comment

    Please log in to add your comment

    Need an account? Register It's free and easy.



  • QUEERTY DAILY

     


    POPULAR ON QUEERTY


    FROM AROUND THE WEB

    Copyright 2014 Queerty, Inc.
    Follow Queerty at Queerty.com, twitter.com/queerty and facebook.com/queerty.