Former Yorkshire cricket officers have mentioned different counties are having “the identical drawback” with racism – as protesters known as for extra resignations over a report into claims made by Azeem Rafiq.
Yorkshire County Cricket Membership (CCC) and the broader sport have been rocked by allegations of racism within the sport and the best way such claims are dealt with.
It comes after Yorkshire CCC determined no participant, worker, or government could be punished regardless of an inside report discovering Rafiq had been a sufferer of “racial harassment and bullying” whereas taking part in for the staff.
The shortage of motion prompted widespread criticism, with membership chairman Roger Hutton resigning.
A gaggle of demonstrators stood outdoors the membership’s Headingley stadium on Saturday demanding chief government Mark Arthur and director of cricket Martyn Moxon additionally resign.
The protesters have mentioned the appointment of a brand new chairman, Lord Kamlesh Patel, is a begin, however the remainder of the board now must be changed.
Abdul Shaikh is a lecturer on the College of Leeds. He got here alongside to point out solidarity with Rafiq.
“All of us establish with Rafiq’s struggling as a result of we, as individuals from an ethnic minority background, have had comparable experiences the place we have been known as the P phrase,” says Mr Shaikh.
He’s a cricket fan and long-time supporter of Yorkshire CCC.
“It additionally pains me that the precise membership has been introduced into disrepute. You assume that, you realize, the board members would assume twice about mismanaging the popularity of the membership. Sadly, the popularity lies in tatters now.”
Members of Rafiq’s household had been additionally on the protest.
Amna Rafiq informed Sky Information her brother is doing OK, however he’s, understandably, careworn.
They will not remark additional for the time being, ready for Rafiq to have his say on his former membership when he testifies earlier than parliament on 16 November.
Taj Butt, was one of many audio system on the demonstration. He labored for the Yorkshire Cricket Basis, the charitable arm of the membership, from 2014 to 2017.
He by no means noticed the abuse Rafiq says he suffered, however thinks the membership has a racist tradition.
Mr Butt was dissatisfied to see the membership did not take any motion towards gamers or workers, regardless of their very own report discovering Rafiq was a sufferer of racial harassment and bullying.
“So long as these people aren’t handled, and no motion is taken towards them, there’s completely no approach that the group can belief the organisation to proceed.”
Tony Bowry was Yorkshire Cricket Board’s cultural variety officer when Rafiq performed for the membership. His work focussed on grassroots groups within the county. He wrote a letter of help for Rafiq when he spoke out concerning the racism he’d confronted.
My Bowry worries that younger gamers of color can be reluctant to pursue careers in cricket.
“It isn’t nearly what’s occurring to younger Asian cricketers, it is occurring to west Indian cricketers too, and it is not simply in Yorkshire. There are different counties which can be having the identical drawback, different counties the place black and Asian gamers are concerned.”
Lord Patel, YCCC’s new director and chair, mentioned: “The membership must be taught from its previous errors, regain belief and rebuild relationships with our communities. There’s a lot work to do, together with studying the panel’s report, so we are able to start the method of studying from our previous errors.”
Yorkshire cricket is dealing with a second of reckoning.
However throughout the nation, many individuals really feel this scandal displays a wider drawback within the sport and need to Yorkshire County Cricket Membership to set an instance for tackling racism.