Former Yorkshire spinner Azeem Rafiq has gone public with disturbing particulars of the racist abuse he claims he was subjected to throughout his time at Headingley.
Rafiq made his first verbal submission to an investigation into institutional racism on the county on Friday, a probe arrange within the aftermath of his personal prior allegations, and issued a press release via his legal professionals detailing the character of his proof.
The 29-year-old, a former England Below-19 and as soon as the youngest workforce captain in White Rose historical past, has beforehand described how his experiences left him feeling suicidal and contributed to his early exit from the skilled recreation.
A launch issued via authorized agency Chadwick Lawrence LLP included complaints of non-white gamers being known as “P***s” and “elephant washers” on the membership, in addition to being advised to “return to the place you got here from”.
There have been additional references to “differential therapy” in respect of teaching, improvement and private help, with a give attention to the care provided when Rafiq’s son was stillborn. A perceived “ingesting tradition” and insensitivity round Muslim attitudes to alcohol can be included.
Rafiq stated: “I’ve spoken out concerning the racism I confronted as a result of I don’t need children to undergo what I did. I wish to see children beginning off their journey in cricket in a tradition of acceptance and respect, the place they’re judged on their expertise and never on their tradition and identification.
“I hope that the investigation will lead to significant change on the membership and within the sport.”
Yorkshire responded with a press release of their very own.
It learn: “We now have taken the claims made by our former participant, Azeem Rafiq, very significantly and a full investigation carried out by Squire Patton Boggs, an impartial regulation agency, started in September.
“We realise that that it is a troublesome time for all events concerned however it will be significant that these issues are investigated completely and swiftly.
“Racism has no place in our society or in cricket and we’re hopeful that the end result of this investigation and the suggestions of the panel will drive optimistic progress which might be shared by all.”
The membership additionally famous that an impartial panel had been convened to publish suggestions on the potential subsequent steps following the investigation.