Forward of Azeem Rafiq’s look earlier than MPs, the previous Yorkshire cricketer insisted it was “time for truths”.
Protected by parliamentary privilege, Rafiq has been revealing all aspects of his wide-ranging allegations of institutional racism at Yorkshire County Cricket Membership with out worry of authorized reprisal.
The 30-year-old initially voiced his claims in an interview in September 2020.
A protracted investigation by Yorkshire ultimately concluded he was he was a sufferer of “racial harassment and bullying” however, controversially, that no person can be disciplined.
Their report into the matter has not been made public and the county’s dealing with of the case attracted heavy criticism, prompting the Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport (DCMS) choose committee to turn out to be concerned.
Under are a number of the key feedback from Rafiq in Tuesday’s listening to about his two spells on the membership.
Dressing room environment
“Fairly early on, me and different folks from an Asian background… there have been feedback reminiscent of ‘you may sit over there close to the bogs’, ‘elephant washers’. The phrase p*** was used consistently. And there simply appeared to be an acceptance within the establishment from the leaders and nobody ever stamped it out.”
Relationship with Gary Ballance
Former England batter Gary Ballance admitted using a “racial slur” in the direction of Rafiq in a prolonged assertion issued earlier this month, apologising however framing it as a part of an extended and deep friendship.
Rafiq informed the committee that was not an correct depiction of their relationship, saying it went downhill from 2013 onwards and had turn out to be poisonous by 2017.
Rafiq described his expertise on a 2017 pre-season tour: “We have been in a spot and Gary Ballance walks over and goes, ‘Why are you speaking to him? You already know he is a p***’. This occurred in entrance of team-mates. It occurred in entrance of teaching employees.”
Being known as ‘Kevin’
Requested by chair Julian Knight concerning the time period ‘Kevin’, Rafiq stated it was an offensive, racist time period that reached the very high of the sport.
“Kevin was a one thing Gary (Ballance) used to explain anybody of color in a really derogatory method. It was an open secret within the England dressing room,” he stated.
“Anybody who got here throughout Gary would know that was a phrase he would use to explain folks of color.”
On former England participant Alex Hales
“Gary and Alex Hales obtained actually shut to one another once they performed for England collectively. I wasn’t current in that dressing room, however what I perceive (is) that Alex went on to call his canine ‘Kevin’ as a result of it was black. It is disgusting how a lot of a joke it was.”
On England take a look at captain Joe Root
Root launched an announcement on the scandal calling for lasting change at Headingley. Nonetheless, his declare that he couldn’t recall witnessing examples of racism left Rafiq feeling “extremely harm”.
He stated: “Rooty is an efficient man. He by no means engaged in racist language.
“I discovered it hurtful as a result of Rooty was Gary (Ballance)’s housemate and had been concerned in plenty of the socialising the place I used to be known as a ‘p***’.
“It reveals how regular it was that even a superb man like him does not see it for what it was. It is not going to have an effect on Joe, however it’s one thing I keep in mind daily.”
On former England captain Michael Vaughan
Vaughan is known as within the unbiased report into Rafiq’s claims, however has strenuously denied allegations he informed 4 Asian team-mates: “(There’s) too lots of your lot, we have to do one thing about it.”
Rafiq, Adil Rashid and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan all say they keep in mind these phrases, whereas the fourth participant Ajmal Shahzad has stated he can’t recall any racism on the membership.
Rafiq informed MPs: “Michael won’t keep in mind it… three of us, Adil, myself and Rana keep in mind it.
“He clearly had a snippet of my assertion. He used his platform on the Each day Telegraph to inform everybody he hadn’t stated this stuff. To go on and put a snippet of my assertion out and speak about different issues, I assumed was fully improper.
“He most likely does not keep in mind it as a result of it doesn’t suggest something to him.”
On racism throughout the wider sport
Rafiq stated the issue at Yorkshire was replicated “up and down the nation”.
Requested concerning the truth others, reminiscent of former Essex and Northamptonshire participant Maurice Chambers, had now spoken out, Rafiq stated: “I want to see it as progress that individuals are feeling like they’ll come ahead and they’ll be heard and never simply be discredited, smeared about, briefed about.”
He described England and Wales Cricket Board initiatives on variety as “box-ticking” workout routines and “tokenism”.