Yorkshire admit Pakistan-origin cricketer was sufferer of racial harassment, bullying – World

Yorkshire has apologised to former participant Azeem Rafiq and accepted that he was a sufferer of racial harassment and bullying throughout his first spell on the county, the membership mentioned on Friday.

Rafiq, a participant of Pakistani descent and a former captain of the England Underneath-19s, final yr mentioned he was made to really feel like an outsider at Yorkshire and contemplated taking his personal life.

Yorkshire launched an investigation with an unbiased panel to look into the allegations, and a abstract of the findings and proposals was revealed on Friday.

“There isn’t a query that Azeem Rafiq, throughout his first spell as a participant at YCCC (Yorkshire County Cricket Membership), was the sufferer of racial harassment. He was additionally subsequently the sufferer of bullying,” chairman Roger Hutton mentioned in a statement

“On behalf of all at YCCC, I want to lengthen my honest, profound and unreserved apologies to Azeem and to his household.” Nonetheless, the report discovered there was inadequate proof to conclude that the membership was institutionally racist.

Rafiq performed for Yorkshire between 2008 and 2014 earlier than returning for a two-year spell in 2016.

The 30-year-old slammed the “atrocious means” the method was dealt with as he didn’t obtain a replica of the report with the membership’s conclusions and solely noticed the assertion a “couple of minutes” earlier than it was launched to the media.

“We notice that Yorkshire County Cricket Membership has confirmed Azeem was the victim of racism and bullying throughout his two spells at Headingley,” Rafiq’s spokesperson mentioned in an announcement.

“Azeem and his workforce aren’t able to correctly perceive the membership’s conclusions and the way they reached them … that is clearly unacceptable and an abuse of course of.

“What is evident is that Yorkshire CCC admits racism and bullying has taken place on many events, but will not settle for the plain — that that is an institutional drawback.”

Seven allegations upheld

Yorkshire mentioned seven of Rafiq’s greater than 40 allegations had been upheld, together with that he was not supplied with halal meals at matches, one thing which has now been rectified.

There have been three situations of racist language getting used previous to 2012, the report discovered, and {that a} former coach “frequently used” racist language in 2012.

Throughout Rafiq’s second spell, jokes round faith had been made and a reference to the participant’s weight and health was made, the report mentioned.

The membership mentioned it ought to have achieved extra to make Muslims really feel extra welcome and dealt higher with complaints of racist or anti-social behaviour.

However the report added that selections over Rafiq’s choice and supreme launch from Yorkshire had been totally based mostly on cricketing causes.

“It’s a matter of honest remorse that the nice work of so many individuals on the membership — each with Azeem and in our efforts to construct an inclusive and welcoming cricket membership representing the very best of all of Yorkshire — is vulnerable to being overshadowed by the behaviour and remarks of some individuals,” Hutton mentioned.

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