Azeem Rafiq: Yorkshire apologizes to ex-player after making several of his complaints

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Azeem Rafiq: Yorkshire apologizes to ex-player after making several of his complaints


Yorkshire have issued a ‘deep apology’ to former player Azeem Rafiq after an independent report confirmed some of his allegations regarding his stay in the county.

Yorkshire said in a statement Rafiq was “the victim of inappropriate behavior” which they called “clearly unacceptable”.

However, the former Counter-Thread accused the county of “rigging” its allegation of institutional racism.

An independent inquiry was commissioned by Yorkshire last September after Rafiq claimed he suffered racist abuse during his time at the club, where he had two spells between 2008 and 2018, which left him feeling suicidal.

The investigation is complete and a panel of experts – with experience in HR, sport, governance and employment law – delivered a final report to the club last weekend along with a set recommendations.

As Yorkshire shut down before any admission of Rafiq’s central racism claim, the club conceded on Thursday morning that “several of the allegations made by Azeem were confirmed”.

Former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq has called for a report on allegations of racism in his former county to be released after his first protest a year ago

Former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq has called for a report on allegations of racism in his former county to be released after his first protest a year ago

Yorkshire said in a statement: “There have been many allegations against the club, most of which relate to a period over 10 years ago.

“Many claims have not been confirmed and for others there was insufficient evidence for the panel to make a decision.

“It is fair, however, to recognize up front that several of the allegations made by Azeem have been confirmed and that unfortunately, historically, Azeem has been the victim of inappropriate behavior.

“This is clearly unacceptable. We would like to express our deep apologies for this.

“The Panel also found that the club did not implement its policies and procedures regarding these serious issues.

“The club understands the importance of the Panel’s findings. “

Reacting to the Yorkshire announcement, Rafiq said on Twitter: “’Inappropriate behavior’ are you sure @YorkshireCCC ??

Roger Hutton, appointed Yorkshire president last year, has issued a personal apology to Rafiq, a former England Under-19 captain who skippered the White Rose in a Twenty20 match in 2012.

Hutton said: “I want to salute Azeem’s courage in raising these issues and his participation in the investigation, which I understand must have been very difficult.

“I would also like to express my sincere apologies for some of the club’s shortcomings, which were highlighted by the panel.

“He has obviously lived through difficult and painful times since 2008 and the club could have, and should have, better supported him.

“Since joining the Board of Directors in 2020, it has become evident to me that before and since, he has continuously tried to improve his relationships with various communities.

“It hasn’t progressed enough, however, especially as we get to see the world with a fresh eye, and I see this report as a platform for other important changes at Yorkshire County Cricket Club. “

Yorkshire admitted that Rafiq was

Yorkshire admits Rafiq was “a victim of inappropriate behavior”

Rafiq: The wait for the report has been “heartbreaking”

Azeem Rafiq spoke to Sky Sports on Wednesday – ahead of the release of the Yorkshire statement – and spoke of his disappointment at the time it took for the investigation to be completed and the negative effect the experiment had had on his mental health.

“I think it’s quite disappointing with the way the 12 months have gone,” he said.

“Yesterday was a year before the publication date of Wisden’s article – and still being around and waiting is disappointing.

“I feel like the last 15 years were one thing, but the last 12 months have been tough.

“I’m not going to beat around the bush, it was incredibly difficult.

“Keeping in mind that I sat in front of international TV and talked about how it affected me mentally, the dark places it got me into – it got me into those same places, if not worse at times, through this process. “

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