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Change of rules after Gloucester cricket team docked points for missing match during Eid

The team was docked points for not playing a game during a religious festival. Credit: AIW Cricket Club

The Gloucestershire County Cricket League has voted to change its rules after a team was docked points for missing a game during Eid.

Gloucester AIW cricket club is made up of mostly Muslim players and was unable to play a match earlier this year because it clashed with the Islamic festival.

Credit: AIW Cricket club

A meeting last night (22 October) decided upon greater flexibility to rearrange matches and points will only be deducted if teams fail to comply with the new date.

Speaking in August when the team was penalised, the team's Ahmed Goga said:

Ahmed says the club's action is a travesty. Credit: ITV News

Our nation has just enjoyed one of the most important moments in cricketing history - winning the World Cup.

It's a travesty that in the glow of that fantastic achievement, a community cricket club here in Gloucestershire is being penalised for not being able to play a game that clashes with a religious festival.

– AHMED GOGA, GLOUCESTER AIW CRICKET CLUB

Gloucester AIW said it was docked 22 points, and its opponents awarded a further 20 points as a concession, for missing the match on 10 August.

It was a summer to remember for English cricket with victories at the World Cup and the Ashes. The diversity of the national side was heralded as a key part of their success.

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