Racist Scandal in Yorkshire: Joe Root Says Azeem Rafiq Case “Fractured” Cricket | Cricket News

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The report found that former player Azeem Rafiq was a victim of “racial harassment and bullying” in Yorkshire; The ECB suspended the club’s right to host international matches; hours after Root released his statement, Rafiq said that “inconvenient truths are apparently hard to accept”

Last updated: 21/11/21 12:22


Joe Root came across age ranges and Yorkshire academy

Joe Root says the Yorkshire racist scandal has “fractured our game and tore lives apart” and will offer his support to the club in an effort to “make the sport I love better for all”.

A report found former player Azeem Rafiq suffered from “racial harassment and bullying” in Yorkshire but the club said it would discipline no one.

Yorkshire has been widely criticized, with the England and Wales Cricket Board having suspended its right to host international matches and other major games, while several sponsors have ended their association.

In a statement on the matter, Root said: “In my capacity as England captain and senior Yorkshire player, I feel compelled to address the current situation that has consumed the sport and YCCC.

“I just want the sport to be a place where everyone enjoys the beautiful game it is and feels equal and safe. It hurts to know it happened at the YCCC so close to home. It’s my club that I care passionately about. I have spent a lot of time reflecting: racism is not discussed, from one side to the other, it is simply intolerable.

“These events have fractured our game and destroyed lives. Now we must bounce back and get back together as fans, players, media and those who work in cricket. We have the opportunity to make the sport I love better for everyone.”

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Former England batsman Rob Key says Yorkshire County Cricket Club dealt “terribly” with Azeem Rafiq’s case of racism

Former England batsman Rob Key says Yorkshire County Cricket Club dealt “terribly” with Azeem Rafiq’s case of racism

Root, who came across age ranges and Yorkshire academy, he said he wanted to “see change and action” from the county.

England Test captain told reporters he had never personally felt any racism in the club and will contact new president Lord Patel, who replaced Roger Hutton after his resignation last week, “at some point in the future.”

Hours after Root released his statement, Rafiq tweeted: “Disappointed isn’t even feeling. Incredibly hurt.

“But inconvenient truths are hard to accept, it seems.”

Patel apologized to Rafiq on Monday for the county’s 12-month “flawed” investigation into his racism and bullying allegations and revealed that Yorkshire had established a separate labor court with the former player.

Rafiq, who played for Yorkshire in two bouts between 2008 and 2018, first made his allegations in a September 2020 interview with ESPNcricinfo, claiming that Yorkshire’s “ingrained” racism had left him “close to suicide”.

On Tuesday he is expected to testify before the select committee of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

On Tuesday, the UK government said it was ready to “intervene” if Yorkshire and the England and Wales Cricket Board do not take “real action” in the wake of the Rafiq case.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club's new president, Lord Kamlesh Patel, apologized to Azeem Rafiq for the club's handling of his racism case and commended him for talking about his experiences at the club.

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Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s new president, Lord Kamlesh Patel, apologized to Azeem Rafiq for the club’s handling of his racism case and commended him for talking about his experiences at the club.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s new president, Lord Kamlesh Patel, apologized to Azeem Rafiq for the club’s handling of his racism case and commended him for talking about his experiences at the club.

Root said racism and discrimination were problems that extended beyond Yorkshire and the world of cricket and called on everyone to do their part to conquer it.

“We need to find a way to move forward and make sure this never happens again. In my opinion, this is a social problem and needs to be addressed beyond just cricket,” Root added.

“That said, we, as a sport, must all do more. How can we all help shape things that move forward in a positive way? What can everyone do from me, the ECB, counties, players, officials and others in sport to improve the state of the game? I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I think we need to educate more and first, we need to call him immediately and have more open eyes and ears ».

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