Nearly 450 sign petition to remove Debbie Hockley from Sky's cricket commentary team

Almost 450 people have signed a petition to remove New Zealand Cricket (NZC) president, Debbie Hockley, from Sky’s commentary team,

The petition had dozens of comments with NZC telling RNZ the petition was "misinformed, misguided and, in terms of some of the more intolerant comments, misogynist."

It was started four weeks ago by Chris Higgens, who wrote that the former NZ women’s captain “should be removed from the commentary box because she has no idea what she's talking about.”

The comments range from criticism of Hockley’s commentary while one calls her “a stupid bimbo” and another writes that he would “smash her”.

The petition has reinforced to NZ Cricket the need to be even more inclusive in the game.

"The comments made on the petition justify NZC's push for more gender diversity in the game," New Zealand Cricket’s Richard Boock told RNZ. 

NZC president Debbie Hockley said the event taught players "invaluable lessons in camaraderie, discipline, leadership, playing under pressure, and appreciating the spirit of the game.”
2018 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Opening Ceremony at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Sunday 7 January 2018.
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NZC president Debbie Hockley. Source: Photosport