Yorkshire have confirmed an investigation into allegations of institutional racism made by former participant Azeem Rafiq has begun, with two new additions to the prevailing panel.
Rafiq, a former T20 captain at Headingley, has made a collection of disturbing allegations about his time on the county together with racist feedback from team-mates and unheeded complaints about his remedy.
In an interview with ESPNcricinfo final month, the 29-year-old claimed the experiences left him “on the point of suicide”.
An investigation commissioned by Yorkshire is now beneath means, chaired by Dr Samir Pathak, who has welcomed barrister and employment legislation specialist Rehana Azib and Helen Hyde, former personnel director of Waitrose, to the committee. Hanif Malik, non-executive director of Yorkshire, has stepped down.
The temporary is to “handle straight the precise complaints made by Azeem Rafiq” but additionally to extra broadly evaluation and advise on the membership’s inside insurance policies referring to discriminatory behaviour “completely and with urgency”.
Their report is predicted to be full inside three months.
Dr Pathak, as soon as a wicketkeeper with England Universities and a trustee of the MCC Basis, mentioned: “We stay dedicated to conducting a good and neutral course of and each Rehana and Helen’s in depth information of the authorized implications of some of these grievance procedures might be of nice profit to our evaluation of the findings of the investigation.
“All organisations should be various and inclusive, there isn’t a area for inequality in sport or society and it’s the duty of this committee to make sure that the investigation is carried out pretty and impartially.”